An epitaph for the Web standard, XHTML 2 | Webware – CNET
XHTML 2, a technology intended to build a more powerful Web from the ground up, met a quiet end last week, spotlighting the difficulties of standardization in a fast-moving Internet. Introduced in 2002, XHTML 2 was a centerpiece of standards work at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
But incompatibility with the existing Web and a direction at odds with Web developers’ desires doomed it to a slow demise. On Thursday, after a long reconciliation with browser makers who’d struck off in a different direction, the W3C announced that it will wind down development of XHTML 2 this year.
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