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Old 01-23-2008, 02:40 AM   #2
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Well.... there seems to be real progress in terms of useful semantic constructs. What I consider a major step back is allowing non-XML markup syntax for that: that makes it harder, not easier, to learn.

I predict this (more options, less stringent rules) will lead to a great increase in tag soup, just when we were on the road towards more, cleaner (XHTML) markup supported by development tools and CMSs.

I shudder at the continuation of event attributes though - scripting should be done unobtrusively and does not need any attributes at all. While discontinuing the longdesc attribute is a major loss for accessibility (at least I see no alternative mechanism for this functionality); loss of some accessibility table markup attributes (and even structural ones like align - there is a reason these are not deprecated in XHTML!) also constitute a loss of accessibility: you can no longer do accessible (or even complex) table markup!

Let's wait for the necessary two complete implementations though... we're not there yet.

   
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