[whatwg] Wasn't there going to be a strict spec?

Karl Dubost karld at opera.com
Sat Aug 11 08:17:55 PDT 2012

Le 10 août 2012 à 20:19, Tab Atkins Jr. a écrit :
> I don't wish to spend the time to dig up the studies showing that 95% or so of XML served as text/html is invalid XML

That doesn't really makes sense, but I guess what Tab meant is

People attempting to write documents 
* with XML syntax rules (such as for example XHTML 1.0), 
* and serving it as text/html.

Often, these documents are NOT well-formed, even before being valid, and even-less conformant. 

On top of that you can add a layer of madness with user-agent sniffing. I have documented one we had in Opera and forced us to recover automatically. *unfortunately*. It also makes the task of creating a survey very hard because… well you get different markup, redirections, etc. aka results because of the user agent sniffing.

See [Wrong To Be Right - application/xhtml+xml][1]

[1]: http://my.opera.com/karlcow/blog/2011/03/03/wrong-to-be-right-with-xhtml

For stats, there are two big surveys which have been made in the past (maybe it is what Tab refers to)


PS: Erik, you can also rely on XHTML5. Aka serving your document as application/xhtml+xml, expect issues with browser market shares in some countries.

Karl Dubost - http://dev.opera.com/
Developer Relations, Opera Software

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