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Progress for XHTML Basic 1.1 — 17 July 2007

Last Friday was announced the publication of XHTML Basic 1.1 as Candidate Recommendation.

This may not seem much, but it is actually a pretty big step forward on a path that was taken on a few years ago.

Anyone who has wondered what markup language to use for a page targeted at mobile devices has probably found out about this weird dichotomy in the XHTML markup space: W3C has XHTML Basic 1.0, while OMA has XHTML Mobile Profile, both targeted as mobile devices, and none an exact superset of the other.

This dichotomy of course isn't good, since it makes it unclear which technology is the right one, both for browsers developers, and for content developers. To make sure that such a thing wouldn't happen again, OMA and W3C started a liaison process, formalized in a memorandum of understanding, but more importantly through a set of technical liaisons between Working Groups of both organizations.

And one of the results of this liaison has been the ongoing work on having a convergence on markup standards, and that convergence is exactly what XHTML Basic 1.1 is about: it incorporates strengths Permalink


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