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Re: Lynx as primary browser (was Re: [Lynx-dev] how to maximize client a

From: Walter Ian Kaye
Subject: Re: Lynx as primary browser (was Re: [Lynx-dev] how to maximize client area???)
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005 19:16:21 -0800

At 07:29p -0700 01/31/2005, Seth House didst inscribe upon an electronic papyrus:

On Mon, 31 Jan 2005 15:23:56 -0800, Walter Ian Kaye
<address@hidden> wrote:
 > At 09:53p +0000 01/30/2005, Thorsten Glaser didst inscribe upon an
 > electronic papyrus:
 > >   and be XHTML/1.1 compliant.
 > Screw xhtml. <g>  I'm sticking with HTML, just like I stick with Lynx. :-)
 > I expect both to outlive me. ;)

You meant that tongue-in-cheek, I know.

Actually I was serious; the smilies were an attempt to compensate for my language. ;)

In fact, I have no intention of using xhtml for any of my Web sites. I consider it a designed-by-committee experiment for which I have yet to see any definitive proof that it is backward compatible with all HTML 2.0 browsers. What I have seen are plenty of sites which use a mixture of xhtml and html on the same page, which is... well, no point in trying to label that situation except to say that it's not any improvement, and since HTML is here to stay and is not about to be "turned off" (who's gonna rewrite millions of HTML pages or cut off access to them?), I'm quite happy to stay with it. (Whew, run-on sentence.)

I see the broad adoption of
XHTML as a boon for Lynx since it facilitates more attention payed to
document structure and the probable end of using tables for layout (as
we've discussed

Maybe when pigs fly. Inertia is powerful stuff.
Existing documents don't magically change. People have better things to do with their time than continually recoding documents to match the markup language du jour, to say nothing of documents saved at whose original Web sites and authors have expired. Heck, even within XHTML circles there's already been flap about backward compatibility amongst versions of XHTML. No thanks, I'm sticking with HTML; leave the moving targets for people who don't need a life.


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