[wp-hackers] WP issues

Elliotte Harold elharo at metalab.unc.edu
Mon Jun 4 22:33:48 GMT 2007

Geoffrey Sneddon wrote:

> But why does the marketplace require XHTML at all? XHTML served as 
> text/html brings absolutely no advantages over HTML, but gives one major 
> disadvantage — you become reliant on browser error handling for the 
> XHTML to parse.

This is false and a common myth perpetrated repeatedly by a few myopic 
programmers who can't see beyond the browser. I can and do do many 
different things with XHTML served as text/html that I cannot do with 
classic HTML. In particular I can use the full XML toolchain to process 
such documents.

Browser display is not the only purpose of HTML and XHTML documents on 
the web. This is especially true for WordPress, where plugins need to do 
all sorts of weird things with the pages, inserting, deleting, 
rearranging, and filtering content. This is far easier and more reliable 
if the pages are well-formed

Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo at metalab.unc.edu
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