Jens Oliver Meiert

XHTML, RIP

Post from July 4, 2009 (↻ February 5, 2017), filed under .

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Let’s end this week of morbid posts: The XHTML 2 Working Group is expected to stop their work end of 2009.

Today [July 2, 2009] the Director announces that when the XHTML 2 Working Group charter expires as scheduled at the end of 2009, the charter will not be renewed. By doing so, and by increasing resources in the HTML Working Group, W3C hopes to accelerate the progress of HTML 5 and clarify W3C’s position regarding the future of HTML.

Now while this post’s title exaggerates a little—you know me—, the W3C sends some interesting signals for XHTML:

The point is, the future of the Web is HTML 5, not XHTML. (And you can use it already.)

For XHTML, until user agents broadly support application/xhtml+xml and application/xml, even XHTML 5 will have a hard time. Authors will have to keep waiting to use any true features of XHTML, whether extensibility or (maybe then user-friendlier) error handling.

For non-DH6 commenters, meiert.com is my only project that uses “XHTML,” solely because of WordPress refactoring pain. That means that at least for the English part of this site, the cost of solution is still higher than the cost of problem.

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Jens Oliver Meiert, photo of July 27, 2015.

Jens Oliver Meiert is a developer (O’Reilly, W3C, ex-Google) and philosopher. He experiments with art and adventure. Here on meiert.com he shares and generalizes and exaggerates some of his thoughts and experiences.

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  1. On July 5, 2009, 7:59 CEST, Gunnar Bittersmann said:

    XHTML 1.0/1.1 can still not be used at all.

    ?? Both XHTML 1.0 and 1.1 may be served as ‘text/html’. XHTML 1.0 can be written 100% HTML 4 compatible, so there is no problem at all to use XHTML 1.0. In certain cases, this is problematic with XHTML 1.1, though.

  2. On July 13, 2009, 15:12 CEST, Lenen Meer said:

    As you mentioned in your article, it’s just too bad XHTML 2.0 isn’t going to make it. So chapter closed and looking forward to 2010.

  3. On September 8, 2009, 20:21 CEST, Sebastião Ricardo said:

    Hi, i’m a brazilian developer. In first, sorry if my english wasn’t wrote well.

    Well, I am developing an article about “XForms” and I’m worried by the fact of knowing that the project of XHTML 2 will be discontinued. Somebody could say me if, together within XHTML 2, the XForms concept will be discontinued?

    I thank everyone’s attention!

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