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Introduction

Introduction

In this introduction

Who Should Buy This Book

How This Book Is Organized

Conventions Used in This Book

The big question on everyone's mind is if HTML worked just fine, why did we have to go and reformulate it into an XML application? It's a fair question, one I've asked myself in darker hours too.

But the reality is that the world is changing. With it comes changes in the way people live and work. Wireless technologies are becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives. Broadband is available and affordable to many more people than ever before. Web sites have grown up in profound and detailed ways. These changes not only affect the way we as individuals use technology, but the way we as technologists must accommodate change.

XHTML 1.0 is, for the Web designer and developer, a change that will help shift the limited and often cumbersome HTML methods for the Web browser into a potentially limitless and ideally easier method for many browsers and user agents. XHTML 1.0 is in a sense a bridge, rooted on one side in the territory of standard Web sites, and on the other side, a future of extended and even unknown lands.

XHTML 1.0 helps authors to transition documents that prepare them for the new types of delivery that exist today, as well as those to come. Even more importantly, learning XHTML 1.0 positions you as a Web author to be able to embrace other XML applications with ease, giving you much more power and flexibility than you've ever had before.

Because XHTML 1.0 is new, and because technologies related to it are often even newer, I cannot tell you with absolute confidence that the information in this book is wholly accurate. I, and the team of contributors and technical editors who assisted me in the writing process, have worked hard to ensure that the information provided is the most specific and up-to-date available for the topics included at the time of the writing.

I encourage you to explore the topics and techniques herein, and find out how XHTML 1.0 can work for you. But also, please make use of the many resources I've referred to throughout the text—particularly the recommendations and working group efforts of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), www.w3.org/. These resources will help you greatly in answering any errors and ommissions on my part, and help deepen your own knowledge as XML and its applications grow and change.

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