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11:25 pm, 25 Aug 05

xhtml

Why are people so into xhtml? And, the followup, why are they all militant/proud about it? Where's the producer/consumer (user) benefit? We can all imagine a world where everything is machine-parsable, but it is the same dream as Lojban or Esperanto.

I had a conversation with an intern who had observed that Google, a famous web company, has "awful" HTML on its pages. (Though there are exceptions.) Bandwidth concerns (follow the previous link) aside, I wonder, where's the actual benefit. He explained, "because how else can you use the power of CSS", but that seems to be a chicken-and-egg spiral of uselessness.