XHTML question fest

Ernest N. Prabhakar (prabhaka@apple.com)
Mon, 19 Jul 1999 22:13:42 -0700

So, I was the blurb in TBTF, and I was curious.

* Is XHTML a *strict* subset of HTML>

* Are their translations so HTML style sheets can be trivially recast as
XHTML style sheets? Is this the same as CSS -> XSL? Or am I using obsolete
terminology again?

* Will XHTML be 'properly' rendered by:
- normal HTML browsers (to the limit of the mappings)
- any XML-capable browser (that understands the concept of HTML)

* If I'm writing XHTML, which form should I use to be conservative? Strict?
- If I'm writing HTML, should I start writing XHTML instead? Why or why

* Does IE5 'really' support XHTML? Does anyone? Are people going to build
it into web design tools (a la HTML/FrontPage) or into structured document
tools (a la SGML/Framemaker)?

* Is this really intended/going to replace HTML, or is it just a way to
rationalize the pseudo-HTML efforts people (like the cell phone folks) are
working on?

Inquiring minds want to know. The truth is out there... on FoRK.

-- Ernie P.

Ernest N. Prabhakar, Ph.D.