re: RE: Alternatives to the W3C (was Re: Alternatives to the W3C)
> >If we say that the margin of error of this sample is 10% , it means that at > >least 31% of the browsers in the population sampled has an XML browser, not > >bad. So, if we make the right inferences: > > That's only if you think that IE5 counts as an XML browser, realistically. > I don't. -Tim I've had to give this matter a lot of thought lately - ever since I started spawning an XHTML sibling site for my content - and I ultimately decided *not* to treat IE5 as XML-compliant. Here's why. First of all, one of my main objectives in the XHTML site is to rid myself of a lot of legacy code. Any browser ever made has been able to handle HTML, so the HTML side of the site needs to support that as far as possible - or at least as far as reasonable. On the other hand, XML support is kind of scarce in that context, which means that I can remove a lot of legacy support from the XHTML code. For instance, I can take out that one hack that dodges around the NN2 NOSCRIPT bug, and I can assume CSS1 as a viable alternative to finally do away with FONT and some other stuff. With that in mind, it becomes clear that I have two ways to handle a visitor - route 'em to HTML, or send 'em to XHTML. Since the HTML is designed to be legacy-friendly, I can send anyone there with confidence that they can see the content. It makes for an excellent fallback system, and allows me to be a bit more draconian in my selection of XHTML browsers than I might be if XHTML was the only markup language around. The question, therefore, is not "how do I make my XHTML work on this browser" but rather "will this browser handle my XHTML" - the first assumes a site with one version; the second allows for HTML-targeted redirection. Since IE5 does not adhere to certain parts of the XML/XHTML specs, I feel the best way to handle IE5 users is to send 'em to HTML by default. Perhaps Mozilla will do better when finally released.... Rev. Robert L. Hood | http://rev-bob.gotc.com/ Get Off The Cross! | http://www.gotc.com/ xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ or CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 Unsubscribe by posting to majordom@i... the message unsubscribe xml-dev (or) unsubscribe xml-dev your-subscribed-email@your-subscribed-address Please note: New list subscriptions now closed in preparation for transfer to OASIS.
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