December 5, 2009
I have to remember that when I visit a Zeldman post not to read the comments because most of them drive me insane. Notes to future commenters:
- XHTML is no more ‘semantic’ than HTML4. You were just doing it wrong.
- Standards mode is triggerable by a HTML4 Strict doctype.
- HTML5 is not the death of XHTML (Wikipedia entry, third sentence).
- HTML5 has a more semantic vocabulary than unextended XHTML, not the other way around.
- XHTML’s major benefits — stricter syntax and namespace–based extensibility — are available in HTML5’s XML serialisation.
- You’re free to continue to ignore the draconian yellow screen of death issues by serving content in violation of spec.
I’m sure Zeldman is sick of hearing you parrot his words inaccurately. Much of the commenting is two or three knowledgeable people trying to correct someone’s frothing, misinformed or even malign post. The benefit of this opportunity for reeducation is offset by the amount of crap one must wade through to find valid information.