Thursday, January 3, 2008

XHTML2 vs. HTML5

What the hell is up with this fanboy war?  The web design community
has already started getting used to XHTML, but now the WHATWG group wants the continued update of HTML? 
Isn't that a step backwards?

HTML was wild, unordered, and controlled by the browser
vendors (at least from what I've seen), however, XHTML was started and controlled by the W3C group, making
sure that it gets properly implemented, however, the WHATWG group doesn't like it.  They want to
stay with their old fashioned <b> tags.

I admit, web designers from the 90s
have gotten used to the old style HTML tags, and its still what they're teaching in school, but that is no
reason to stay with it.  Technology changes over time, this is the same for any tech profession,
the data will change, and then you'll have to learn something new.  This isn't just the case for
tech jobs, but jobs that use computers.  Microsoft publishes a new Operating System, your company
updates, and you need to re-learn it.

XHTML1 supports backwards compatibility with HTML
for the old authors who are still getting used to it, and so that browsers can still render old code, XHTML2
doesn't, but all browsers should properly implement both.  But by creating HTML5 and "XHTML5",
WHATWG is requiring browser vendors to include yet another set of standards into browsers in order to
properly display the internet.

Personally, I have yet to find a website that uses HTML5. 
Most websites have already started using XHTML, and so I truly believe that implementing a new version of
HTML is a step backwards.

If the WHATWG group wants to continue their efforts (like their
wonderful work with Web Forms 2.0), I think their best bet would be to join the W3C's work with CSS and XML
Events, and XForms, don't you?  If the two worked together, instead of fighting about such silly
things, then maybe standards could be developed a lot faster, after all, the W3C does seem to be taking a
long time to update and recommend standards.  Lets get things done faster, I want to start using
XHTML2 and CSS3 already :-p