From: tedd

> At 10:53 AM -0400 7/2/10, Bob McConnell wrote:
> >This discussion began when I pointed out that the name attribute is
> >deprecated in XHTML. This was later confirmed when someone pointed to
> >the actual specification at <>, however
> >there may be some confusion about the scope of the change. The
> >applicable section is shown below. Apparently HTML 5 is planning to
> >a different path. Of course, nobody knows that for sure since the
> >is far from complete and will likely be undergoing major changes for
> >several more years.
> What XHTML does is limited to XHTML.
> Simply put, HTML is the glue that holds the web-works together. The 
> attributes that HTML uses/approves is what concerns other languages. 
> I am sure that the "powers that be" will consider the affects of 
> changing established and well entrenched attributes (remember that 
> "name" was used as an attribute before "id"). As such, I seriously 
> doubt that "name" will fall by the wayside any time soon.

Yes, the wonderful thing about standards is that there are so many to
chose from. My head is hurting even trying to consider all of this. We
have settled on XHTML for all corporate pages, since it is final, fixed
and well supported. It can also be validated easily using the HTML
Validator plug-in for Firefox, among others. A significant portion of my
work over the past year has been improving conformance by using that

The only other thing I plan to think about is how soon I should retire.
I'll be eligible for social security in less than six months, and if the
stock market is kind to my 401K, I should be ready by then. Since there
isn't anything left here that allows me to use my primary skills
(Assembly language and hardware device drivers) I am pretty much
treading water until I leave. I think my managers have put me on these
web pages simply to keep me occupied until then. It's obvious I don't
understand the underlying technology very well.

For those in the USofA, have a great Fourth of July holiday.

Bob McConnell

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