XHTML DOA WTF
The web’s future isn’t what the web’s past cracked it up to be. 1999: XML is the light and XHTML is the way. 2009: XHTML is dead—kind of.
From the W3C news archive for 2 July 2009:
XHTML 2 Working Group Expected to Stop Work End of 2009, W3C to Increase Resources on HTML 5
2009-07-02: Today the Director announces that when the XHTML 2 Working Group charter expires as scheduled at the end of 2009, the charter will not be renewed. By doing so, and by increasing resources in the Working Group, W3C hopes to accelerate the progress of HTML 5 and clarify W3C’s position regarding the future of HTML. A FAQ answers questions about the future of deliverables of the XHTML 2 Working Group, and the status of various discussions related to HTML. Learn more about the HTML Activity. (Permalink)
Please note that this thread is continually updated with useful commentary and links that help make sense of the emergence of HTML 5, the death of XHTML, and what working designers and developers need to know about the present and future of web markup. (There are also comments that add little wisdom to the conversation, but that’s … okay.)