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the web log of Simon Jessey

Thursday, January 23rd, 2003

More XHTML 2.0 musings

Jeffrey Zeldman has once again perfectly encapsulated the current feeling of mainstream web designers. The recent row about XHTML 2.0 has split designers down the middle, with the junkies of the semantic web wishing to see the specification stripped down to the barest minimum, and Joe Web Designer feeling a little annoyed about being called stupid because he wants to use a style attribute from time to time. Tantek rightly points out, the HTML Working Group at the W3C is one of the few parts of that organization that really seems to keep the views and needs of the ordinary developer/designer in mind. I am sure that the current Working Draft for XHTML 2.0 isn't set in stone. There is likely to be some more evolution based on the discussions that have been raging recently before the specification is finalized. Before anyone asks which faction I belong to, I should say that I sit on the fence. I would love to see the Semantic Web properly come into existence, but I believe that restricting the tools available to the designer for its creation is not the best way to go about it.

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