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    Senior Member thuffner's Avatar
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    I am thinking about trudging through my entire site and making it XHTML compliant. Is it worth it? Are there advantages?

    I was just wondering, because it would be quite a task to make all of my pages compliant...

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    No advantages. Only disadvantages. It will wind up being an exercise in futility. Get a book on XML instead.

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    That is, of course, except for the exceptional feeling of well-being when you've just made your site XHTML1.1 compatible

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    XHTML 1.1 Traditional compliancy is easy and doesn't really have any disadvantages, other than possibly really old browsers not working with your site. You know that you can blame browsers that don't render pages right instead of your code.
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    Originally posted by filburt1
    You know that you can blame browsers that don't render pages right instead of your code.
    Thou shalt not blaspheme! The point is that you should make your code as cross-browse compatible as possible. If you make your code XHTML 1.1 compliant [or 1.0 for that matter], then you are more likely to get more browsers to display things how you want them to, rather than guessing what ought to be done.

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    What ur really doing by making ur code xhtml compliant is making it easier for yourself in the future when new and sophiscated devices are introduced for browsing the web. Alll of these new devices will no doubt be using xml, which is what xhtml really is, html markup defined using xml. Making your site xhtml compliant does not seem to have any advantages RIGHT NOW, as previous replies suggest, but it DOES better prepare your site for the future, when XML will be THE language in web communications.

    Besides, if you have a really large site, there are tools that can convert the code for you, when used properly, such as HTML Tidy.
    On the other side of things, if your site is just a small personal site or something like that, don't even bother converting it, since it will probably only be viewed on ur standard browsers anyway.

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    Unfortunately maverick.. we're talking 50 years down the road.... MAYBE. HTML will stay popular forever I think, there's just too much information in that format.

    ho_10's got it right - it makes you feel good, that's about it, also you suddenly have to worry about your xhtml code not being read on IE randomly because - guess what? They botched support for xhtml in a few versions of IE6, so if your client happens to be running that version - it shows your code as xml, not html - real pain.
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    Another point about IE botching code is that you must be careful in using XML declarations. If you don't need an XML declaration [<?xml version=... &c], then don't put one in, because it makes IE render your markup in the legendary "quirks mode".


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