Skip to main content
Share Your Experience: Take the 2024 Developer Survey

New answers tagged

2 votes

Why did XML lose out to XHTML, then HTML 5, on the web?

First, I think it's important to make a distinction between two different types of languages: A markup language is for writing text documents with extra features, like font styles (bold/italic), ...
dan04's user avatar
  • 1,084
3 votes

Why did XML lose out to XHTML, then HTML 5, on the web?

Around the time that the XML effort started, HTML was being pulled in multiple directions as different groups wanted to extend HTML in different ways (e.g., Wireless Markup Language: https://en....
Tony Graham's user avatar
5 votes

Why did XML lose out to XHTML, then HTML 5, on the web?

I remember a transitional period prior to widespread adoption of XHTML when some major web sites started deploying XML web pages that wouldn't render on people's machines due to poor browser support. ...
bobince's user avatar
  • 151
5 votes

Why did XML lose out to XHTML, then HTML 5, on the web?

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 Didn’t Handle It Right, So No One Could W3C wanted to start over with a more-structured scripting language because HTML had turned into “tag soup.” That is, authors ...
Davislor's user avatar
  • 8,745
0 votes

Why did XML lose out to XHTML, then HTML 5, on the web?

Probably all said before, but here is my impression of things: SGML was incredibly cool (like implicit end tags), but expensive on CPU and memory cycles, so the initial HTML (up to version 3.2 ...
U. Windl's user avatar
  • 279
7 votes

Why did XML lose out to XHTML, then HTML 5, on the web?

I'd say the question is base on a (well two) slight misconceptions and based on memory clouded lots by marketing smoke made to calm popular opinion. So let's have a look: XML The whole point of XML ...
Raffzahn's user avatar
  • 224k
7 votes

Why did XML lose out to XHTML, then HTML 5, on the web?

I'll add my thoughts on this, as they don't fit neatly into a comment. I was around through the same time and only have an outsider's perspective. Several of the comments already hit the overall ...
Robert's user avatar
  • 171
27 votes

Why did XML lose out to XHTML, then HTML 5, on the web?

XML was caught in the cross-fire of the browser wars. There was a great bun-fight in the 2000s between the browser vendors and W3C over control of the HTML standard. I don't really know the political ...
Michael Kay's user avatar
11 votes

Why did XML lose out to XHTML, then HTML 5, on the web?

To look at why these technologies might, or might not be, adopted, we need to think about who would be adopting them. Mostly that is browser developers and website creators / developers. For XHTML, ...
rhellen's user avatar
  • 431
31 votes

Why did XML lose out to XHTML, then HTML 5, on the web?

As someone who was also around at the time, my impression was that XML+XSLT and XHTML lost out to HTML5 for two reasons that are inherent in trying to replace HTML, the SGML dialect, with HTML, an ...
ssokolow's user avatar
  • 7,065
43 votes

Why did XML lose out to XHTML, then HTML 5, on the web?

XML didn't lose out to XHTML as you indicate in the question title, it has lost out to JSON as the transport format. That said, in order to be anything but structured data (which is what an XML ...
Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen's user avatar

Top 50 recent answers are included