Re:Re:Re:Dynamic Display Model
Posted on May 10 2002 by Pierre Gorissen
in reponse to Re:Re:Dynamic Display Model
...don't know were this reply is going to show up, but here goes...
I think we both are trying to do about the same.
From what I know from XHTML it is a step forward compared to HTML because it is much more strict structure wise and using CSS allows for much greater flexibility as far as layout goes.
In defense of HTML: you can do all that with HTML also.
Though Microsoft has a 90+ percent market share with IE, the thing that troubled me most when using CSS was the difference in browser support.
One thing (and please correct me if I'm wrong) you can't do with either HTML or XHTML is tell if there is a difference between <strong>This is a title</strong> and <h1>This is a title</h1>
The DTD for XHTML allows both because it doesn't handle the meaning while a DTD like DOCBOOK does. It only allows <title> to be used and has things like <sect1> and <sect2> for sections. A validating editor or parser only allows a <sect2> when it is nested inside a <sect1> etc. etc.
There is a discussion on the EC-SIG discussion list about levels of interoperability. I think you could do the same with re-usability.
Depending on how flexible it needs to be for you, you choose your best method.
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