HTML5 is here courtesy of our friends from WHATWG. HTML 4.01 will have an officially sanctioned successor after all. For me, this indicates that XHTML 2.0 has no raison d’ÃƒÂªtre now but who knows?
I don’t really know a lot about HTML 5, but I just hope that it won’t have to ‘compete’ with XHTML 2. If some browsers (e.g. Firefox, Opera) decide to support HTML 5 and some others (e.g. IE) will only support XHTML 2, web developers have a big problem and will effectively be limited to using the intersection of both languages.
Also, I don’t really agree with the whole ‘XHTML is dead’-sentiment that I seem to find all over the web when searching for ‘HTML5’. Sure, XHTML was not supported greatly and it has some drawbacks, but with proper browser support and error handling, I would much prefer to use it over HTML. I don’t have a lot of experience, but the project I’m working on right now uses XML techniques quite liberally and it’s really powerful, so it would seem to me that XHTML should indeed have a future.
I used to really hate it because of lack of tool support, obscure errors (it just won’t work) and browser incompatibilities, but after watching some of Douglas Crockford’s video lectures I really started to like a lot of aspects of the language.
I guess HTML 4, HTML 5, XHTML 1 and XHTML 2 will all have to cohabit for some years at least…
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