[TxMt] Re: Convert old HTML to XHTML...
jrus at hcs.harvard.edu
Wed Apr 4 04:29:49 UTC 2007
Methnen (AKA Jamie) wrote:
> I disagree with the hixie article for so many reasons. Its a
> preference. And it's not one that, at this point, really makes a whole
> lot of difference either way.;
> My favorite of the initial responses to the hixie article:
Just about everything in this post you linked either misses the point,
or is wrong, or uses fallacious reasoning, or all three at once.
> And just for fun:
> I have no desire for an argument but felt the need to answer that last
> email as I'm tired and probably a bit grumpy.
Yep. Me neither.
What I think you missed was that the original email in this thread was
about converting *existing html documents* to xhtml. There is literally
no advantage to this, unless there's some need to use xml tools, or some
plan to integrate svg/mathml/etc. with the old content. But as both of
those are unlikely, it's probably a bad idea, as there are several
disadvantages, as explained in Ian Hickson's article, mainly having to
do with cross-browser copatibility.
> HTML itself is in such a state of flux right now (and hasn't it always
> been?) that when we worry about the kinds of things metioned in the
> hixie article I think we are getting a little silly.
Yes. Which is why it's stupid to improperly use the rapidly-changing,
unsupported xhtml, instead of the reasonably stable, and much more
compatible html, without some particular good reason.
> Writing using XHTML encourages well formed code [...]
Or you could just... write well-formed code anyway...
> But even if they do
> work out something better we still have to rely on the browser devs to
> implement it correctly which they never seem to be capable of despite
> their sometimes best intentions.
It's odd that you seem to get the point here in this last sentence
though, after having ignored it for the rest of your email. ;)
* * *
Anyway, it's definitely not worth fighting about. I don't really care
what you use in your pages. But the original poster may want to
carefully consider the reasons for switching existing content to xhtml.
It's a lot of hassle for essentially nothing.
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