On XHTML2 and HTML5
I don't have time at the moment to write anything in-depth on the recent decision of the W3C to let the charter for the XHTML2 working group expire. Instead, I'm going to list several interesting and/or relevant writings others have done, as both bookmarking for a future story, and for your edification.
- The W3C FAQ on the announcement
- XHTML2 vs HTML5 vs Accessibility
- An Unofficial Q & A about the Discontinuation of the XHTML2 WG. Note if the page loads oddly, Henri is using font-face, and I believe the fonts are loading slowly. Also, in my opinion, there are several misrepresentations and omissions.
- Manu Sporny clarifies the omissions in Henri's document in the RDFa in XHTML email group.
- Zeldman: XHTML DOA WTF
- Zeldman: In Defense of Web Developers
- XHTML2 language dumped in favor of HTML5 from the San Francisco Chronicle
- XHTML2 Dies a lonely death Makes room for HTML5 from Wired
- From one of the XHTML creators: W3C, you ignorant slut, winning my award for best article title on the topic
- HTML 5 + XML = XHTML 5 from the new HTML5 Doctor web site
I'll probably add to this list over time.
update I have just filed my first formal objection with the W3C about the philosophy of one vote/one veto for the major browser vendors over any aspect of the HTML 5 specification.
What the one vote/one veto decision principle means is that if a company, such as Microsoft, states it will not implement, say, SVG in HTML, the Canvas element, or any other aspect of HTML 5— up to and including the entire HTML 5 specification — that it will be pulled from the HTML 5 specification. No discussion among the members of the HTML WG would be allowed to override this decision.
This is what replaces work on XHTML2. This is the future of your web.
Shelley Powers posts the oddest assortment of links amidst the tiniest of blurbs on Twitter, @shelleypowers