[whatwg] Configure Apache to send the right MIME type for XHTML
ian at hixie.ch
Tue May 13 02:37:39 PDT 2008
On Sun, 11 Mar 2007, Bjoern Hoehrmann wrote:
> * L. David Baron wrote:
> >My dismissal of XHTML is that the designers of XHTML and related
> >standards are repeatedly introducing more and more incompatibility
> >between XHTML and HTML, which makes it progressively harder for
> >authors to transition to XHTML (particularly to do so gradually on a
> >large site).
> Out of curiosity, do you dismiss "HTML5" on the same grounds? As an
> example, http://www.bjoernsworld.de/suchmaschinen/robots-txt.html is
> as close as it comes to a proper HTML document, but to turn it into
> a HTML5 document I would need to make many non-trivial changes, e.g.
> find replacements for
> * <link rev>
We removed rev="" because it was only used correctly for one thing
(rev=made) and was misused a _lot_, and the number of people using
rel=author was comparable (I forget the exact numbers).
> * <a name>
This was removed purely to simplify the language.
> * empty <a> elements
Those are legal now.
> * <hr size>
> * <img align>
> * <table align>
> * <table width>
> * <td align>
Those should all be removed anyway to improve your content/style
separation, which would aid with maintenance. (I'm assuming here that
you'd want to transition the document only if it was a document in active
development, in which case maintenance is relevant. If maintenance is not
relevant, there's no reason to transition the document.)
> * review whether I use any so-called predefined classes and if,
> whether I use them correctly, or find out how to replace them
These are gone now.
> * review whether I am MicroformatsOK according to the latest
> Wiki pages
HTML5 doesn't require this any more than HTML4 now.
> * review whether my img elements are really some piece of text
> with some alternate graphical representation
This you should do anyway for accessibility reasons.
> * review whether my images are all the exact size given in the
> height and width attributes
This you should do anyway to obtain quality results.
> and so on, whereas switching to XHTML would simply be a matter of
> running HTML Tidy on all the files and lowercasing the selectors in the
> style sheets? It's a lot of work if I just want to add my favourite
> "HTML5" feature to the page.
Well, that's what you get for using a "Transitional" markup language
without intending to transition. :-)
Note that moving to XHTML 1.1 would require many of the same changes,
since it also omits the Transitional features.
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