SunWorld: XHTML: The future of HTML

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
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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