[whatwg] Seperation of Content and Interface

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Aug 17 09:34:28 PDT 2004

On Thu, 15 Jul 2004, Jim Ley wrote:
> On Thu, 15 Jul 2004 16:48:33 +0000 (UTC), Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> > If so, why haven't any of the languages that are just that -- e.g. SVG,
> > XForms, even XHTML -- replaced HTML?
> because other than XHTML they're in different problem spaces.

So why hasn't XHTML replaced HTML?

And note that SVG and XForms are in exactly the same problem space as Web 
Apps 1.0, according to the members of those working groups that I've 
spoken to.

> > XHTML is in fact a very good example. XHTML1 and HTML4 are almost
> > identical. Why have virtually no authors switched to XHTML?
> because virtually identical and not supported by browsers provides no
> motivation to change, exactly the same challenges as WF2 has.

XHTML is supported by three of the four most popular UA families.

The difference of course is that WF2 is implementable in IE, whereas 
XHTML fundamentally isn't.

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