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Re: [xml-dev] XHTML 2 Working Group won't be renewed?

On Jul 7, 2009, at 5:25 AM, Dan Brickley wrote:

> On 7/7/09 14:15, Henry S. Thompson wrote:
>> Hash: SHA1
>> Dan Brickley writes:
>>> Although not as high-profile as a REC-track group, there is  
>>> nothing to
>>> stop a group of like-minded W3C members single-handedly chartering  
>>> an
>>> Incubator Group (XG, see http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/ ) to  
>>> try to
>>> progress the XHTML efforts. Perhaps - in part - by defining a  
>>> recovery
>>> model for ill-formed XML markup?
>> The market will decide, but my take on what the XHTML users out there
>> like about XHTML _includes_ the strict error checking discipline it
>> imposes. . .
> (Maybe that's why there aren't enough XHTML users yet?)

Liking and using XML should be a considered a disability. People  
building websites that get more than 10 views a day should be forced  
to provide those of us who have XML-minds an XML version, similar to  
the requirement for wheelchair ramps or braille signs. (And don't  
forget to lobby your congressman about the hate crimes legislation  
that will help XSL come to the forefront.)

> Could an XHTML document somehow be considered a tree of sub- 
> documents, each of which could parse or fail to parse on its own  
> merits? Or an XMLesque datatype that could be cast into real XML  
> using the heuristics documented in the HTML5 spec?  There must be  
> some halfway house between pure XML-XHTML and the HTML5 monolith...

Wrap it all up in some JSON and you might have something.


> Web browser makers have no great incentive for throwing content out  
> due to small errors. It shouldn't be beyond the abilities of this  
> community to come up with a compromise story that allows the best of  
> XML's facilities to live with the kind of compromises and hackery  
> typical when dealing with ugly Web data.
> Dan
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