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SunWorld: XHTML: The future of HTML

Jan 01, 2000, 17:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by R. Allen Wyke)

"The HTML standard hasn't had any major advances since the release of HTML 4.0 in 1997. Style sheets, Dynamic HTML, JavaScript, and XML have held the spotlight, while HTML has rested in a rather stagnant backwater. All of this, however, is about to change. This month, Allen introduces you to the proposed recommendation for XHTML 1.0, and explains the advantages XHTML has over HTML."

"HTML has been a staple in the life of Webmasters for almost eight years now. After going through several iterations, it can now be used to format data rendered in browsers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and wireless devices, but it isn't as flexible as it once was. New browsers implement new tags and functionality undefined in today's HTML recommendation, and the explosion of Internet-capable wireless devices can only mean that more improvements are sure to follow."

"For this month's column, I'll introduce you to a version of HTML that addresses a Webmaster's need to simultaneously define and format data. Called the W3C XHTML 1.0 proposed recommendation, it allows for more flexibility when sharing an environment with other recommendations and proposed standards. XHTML will make it easier for Webmasters to do their job by increasing the capabilities of the markup they use."

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