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Chapter 5. Extreme XHTML > Benefits of XHTML

Benefits of XHTML

The benefits of switching to XHTML are many. Valid, well-formed XHTML works well with both new and old browsers. By structuring your content logically and separating presentation into style sheets, you'll save on bandwidth and maintenance costs while increasing accessibility, reach, and interoperability on alternate platforms. (Try viewing that complex table-based layout on a Palm Pilot.)

Properly designed XHTML documents typically are smaller and less complex than their HTML counterparts and are more easily viewed on older browsers. Valid XHTML documents are XML-conforming, so that they can be viewed, edited, and validated with standard XML tools. Best of all, you can extend XHTML documents with namespaces (collections of element-naming conventions) to combine multiple markup languages and add new tags.[4]

[4] Tim Bray, Dave Hollander, and Andrew Layman, “Namespaces in XML” [online], (Cambridge, MA: World Wide Web Consortium, 1999), available from the Internet at http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml-names/.


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