XHTML™ 2.0

W3C Working Group Note 13 January 2010

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Mark Birbeck, x-port.net
Markus Gylling, DAISY Consortium
Shane McCarron, Applied Testing and Technology
Steven Pemberton, CWI (XHTML 2 Working Group Co-Chair)
Editors (while chartered as the HTML Working Group):
Jonny Axelsson, Opera Software
Mark Birbeck, x-port.net
Micah Dubinko, Invited Expert
Beth Epperson, Websense
Masayasu Ishikawa, W3C
Shane McCarron, Applied Testing and Technology
Ann Navarro, Invited Expert
Steven Pemberton, CWI

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XHTML 2 is a general-purpose markup language designed to represent documents for a wide range of purposes across the World Wide Web. To this end it does not attempt to be all things to all people, supplying every possible markup idiom, but to supply a generally useful set of elements.

Status of This Document

This section describes the status of this document at the time of its publication. Other documents may supersede this document. A list of current W3C publications and the latest revision of this technical report can be found in the W3C technical reports index at http://www.w3.org/TR/.

This document is a Working Group Note. The XHTML2 Working Group's charter expired before it could finish work on this specification. This document represents the state of the working group's thinking. It is possible that this work will be picked up by some other group or organization in the future. This Note should in no way be considered stable, and should not be normatively referenced for any purposes whatsoever. This version includes an early implementations of XHTML 2.0 in RELAX NG [RELAXNG] and XML Schema [XMLSCHEMA] forms.

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

This document was produced by a group operating under the 5 February 2004 W3C Patent Policy. W3C maintains a public list of any patent disclosures made in connection with the deliverables of the group; that page also includes instructions for disclosing a patent. An individual who has actual knowledge of a patent which the individual believes contains Essential Claim(s) must disclose the information in accordance with section 6 of the W3C Patent Policy.

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List of Issues

  1. [PR #7759] [XHTML2] Spirit of "1.1.3. XHTML 2 and Presentation"
  2. [PR #7336] Identifying XHTML version in ansence of DTDs
  3. [PR #7799] Fw: [XHTML 2] Section 5.5 quality values.
  4. [PR #7800] Fw: [XHTML 2] Section 5.5 intersection of mime-types
  5. [PR #7661] [XHTML2] Constraining attribute relationship
  6. [PR #7820] [XHTML2] How are UAs to interpret <h> and <hx> elements?
  7. [PR #7830] [XHTML2] How are UAs to interpret <h> and <hx> elements?
  8. [PR #7874] block@kind vs elt@structure
  9. [PR #7878] What is the scope of a header?
  10. l element content model
  11. [PR #7663] [XHTML2] 11.3. The ol , and ul elements
  12. [PR #7783] [XHTML 2] 15 Bi-directional text collection and embedded attributes?
  13. [PR #7724] Re: Formal Response to My issue on styling embedding attributes.
  14. [PR #7869] rebuild link element: chapter, section / subsection
  15. [PR #7870] RE: [BULK] - Re: [XHTML2] Spirit of "1.1.3. XHTML 2 and Presentation"
  16. [PR #7871] Re: [BULK] - Re: [XHTML2] Spirit of "1.1.3. XHTML 2 and Presentation"
  17. [PR #7828] Why no nested colgroup or rowgroup?
  18. [PR #7881] nesting colgroup and rowgroups
  19. [PR #8050] [XML Events 2] Problem with image
  20. [PR #8056] LC Comment: Common event info from event()
  21. [PR #670] Entity management: do we still need it?
  22. [PR #671] Character entities: do we still need them?

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