XHTML™ 1.2 - Meaningful, Accessible XHTML

W3C Editor's Draft 17 October 2008

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Shane McCarron, Applied Testing and Technology, Inc.

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This specification defines an XHTML document type that is based upon the module framework and modules defined in XHTML Modularization [XHTMLMOD]. The purpose of this document type is to serve as the basis for future extended XHTML 'family' document types, and to provide a consistent, forward-looking document type cleanly separated from the deprecated, legacy functionality of HTML 4 [HTML4] that was brought forward into the XHTML 1.0 [XHTML1] document types. This document type is most similar to XHTML 1.0 Strict, built using XHTML Modules. This means that many facilities available in other XHTML Family document types (e.g., XHTML Frames) are not available in this document type. These other facilities are available through modules defined in XHTML Modularization, and document authors are free to define document types based upon XHTML 1.1 that use these facilities (see [XHTMLMOD] for information on creating new document types).

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This document is a Working Draft in anticipation of entering the W3C's Proposed Edited Recommendation process. It reflects clarifications and corrections as a result of many years of use by the community. It also includes an new implementation using XML Schemas. This implementation has gone through the W3C process, including Last Call, and is now integrated here in anticipation of its publication as a W3C Recommendation. It should not be normatively referenced until this document reaches the W3C Recommendation status.

Publication as a Working Draft does not imply endorsement by the W3C Membership. This is a draft document and may be updated, replaced or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to cite this document as other than work in progress.

This document has been produced by the W3C XHTML 2 Working Group (members only) as part of the W3C HTML Activity. The goals of the XHTML 2 Working Group are discussed in the HTML Working Group charter.

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