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January 21, 2003

Book of Lieberman

Adam Felber: Excerpts from the Book of Lieberman.

Chapter xiv
8. And the Way was hard, for the people heeded Joe not. And Joe cried out to the Lord, saying, “God, why have they forsaken me? Have I not treated them with kindness? Why do my numbers fall so low?” 9. And God spoke, saying, “Joe, thou needst only to loosen up a bit.” 10. And Joe said unto the Lord, “No, Lord, for how can I rest when so much wickedness exists in Your world?” 11. And the Lord replied, saying, “Whatever, Joe.” And the Lord did make an Excuse to go elsewhere.

Patent Madness

Another frivolous Web patent, this one on framed pages. I don’t think this one has any more steam than BT’s hyperlink patent, so I’m not going to give it much thought.

The Long Tunnel of XHTML 2.0

In all the hubbub about XHTML 2.0 last week, I somehow missed Hixie’s take on the whole matter. His piece reminded me to be excited about XHTML 2.0, that it’s actually a big step forward in the world of HTML. He runs down all of the new features and their advantages, and dismisses many of the complaints. He even dismisses my chief compalint:

The fact that XHTML2 won’t be widely used before the end of the decade is not a problem.

The main cause of my rant last week was because people (like Mark) seemed to be saying that XHTML2 has to be used right now, you have to ditch everything else you’ve been working on, and if you can’t use it today it’s no good. It’s not going to be like that. There’s still some time before XHTML2 even becomes a Recommendation, and then browser support has to come up to speed, and sites have to adopt it. This will take a while, and older web browsers will have to fall off the map before it can be done. A parallel family of XML/XHTML browsers may eventually spring up, ones that can handle XHTML2 but not HTML4. Evolution will take its course, but it’s not in our hands yet. Right now the power is with the W3, and then it will move to browser makers, and then to us. And then we can start arguing about XHTML2.

Sjoerd Visscher has an XHTML2 weblog. Modern browsers only see it as XML, though, so he uses some fancy XSL to transform it into something they can understand.