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the web log of Simon Jessey

Tuesday, January 14th, 2003

Markup madness

Mark Pilgrim has sparked an interesting debate about version 2.0 of XHTML by commenting on some of the W3C's wackier decisions. Removal of the acronym and br elements, and the alteration of q to quote, along with the introduction of new structural elements like section and line (which may end up as l, which I think is stupid) have annoyed Mark so much that he has migrated back to HTML 4.01 and given up on XHTML completely. The debate I speak of is currently raging on the www-html mailing list after a post made by Tantek Çelik, and is currently spreading over blogland as well. Personally, I am unlikely to make use of XHTML 2.0 in its current form. It will be years before it even comes close to browser support, and the old flavors of markup will still be around.

Update: Mark justifies his migration back to the earlier standard, but now he feels a bit stuck.

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