[whatwg] Configure Apache to send the right MIME type for XHTML
jg307 at cam.ac.uk
Wed Mar 7 08:31:29 PST 2007
Elliotte Harold wrote:
> Indeed, if one were of a suspicious turn of mind, one might think the
> insistence on sending XHTML as application/xhtml+xml were nothing but a
> strategy to make XHTML so practically inconvenient that no one would
> consider it.
I think I don't understand. The difficulty with XHTML has never been about
setting the correct MIME type -- this is relatively trivial if you have access
to any sort of server configuration. The issue has always been with the fact
that browsers process application/xhtml+xml as XML and, sadly, the error
handling requirements of XML make it unsuited for the web. Therefore it is
undesirable for all but a statistically insignificant fraction of authors to
actually make the configuration change. Hopefully we will be able to come up
with some solution that combines the supposed benefits of XHTML (principally the
ability to embed mathematics and vector graphics*) with the workable error
handling model of HTML.
*We already have the ability to process HTML documents with an "XML" toolchain
by virtue of the HTML5 parsing/treebuilding algorithm.
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