Re: XHTML 2 Working Group won't be renewed?
for expressing HTML.
Most of you have seen the argument, of course. It runs along the lines of "HTML has to be accessible to non-programmers. My grandmother should be able to write HTML code, even if its ill-formed, and have the browser magically "know" what was the intent of such code, otherwise there will be no adoption of HTML.
In practice, this argument is specious in the extreme. The eponymous coding granny is far more likely to be writing in a blog engine or wiki in which the input of content is almost certainly going to be filtered into a final form for storage, they will likely end up using perhaps two tags, <i> and <b>, and may even by using a WYSIWYG editor that will let her incorporate code programatically. It is not, in fact, this user that the argument is intended to protect, but rather the coder with bad programming habits.
There is a second facet to these arguments. The HTML crowd hates, fears and despises namespaces. Again namespaces mess too much with the Coding Granny argument, and they add to the complexity of writing inline HTML content for all of those AJAX programmers who tend to think that the only relevant angle bracket language is HTML. If Ian Hixie acknowledges the XML argument, then he also has to acknowledge the validity of namespaces, and I suspect this is a non-starter for him. By keeping the two languages "separate but equal" he gets his namespace free language and can then work towards eliminating namespaces from the spec down the road.
There's supposed to be an extensibility workshop in September at one of the F2Fs where namespaces in general will be hashed out - I plan to be monitoring that one carefully, as I suspect that there will be a move to "fix" namespaces in a way that will have long term negative repercussions for the XML community.
On Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 11:51 AM, Jim Tivy <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
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