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Chapter 3. XHTML in the Real World > Transcending Limitations on Progress

Transcending Limitations on Progress

If you take all these issues: poor code education and practices from authors, troublesome concerns with browsers, and code problems inherent to editing tools, the end result is sobering. HTML is in a sad state of disrepair.

Just as you wouldn't want to build a home on a faulty foundation, anyone concerned with the structural integrity of what he or she is building must also be concerned with the faulty foundation in HTML. XHTML exists to fix the foundation so we can build our buildings better, higher, and more creatively. What seems rigorous and strict is actually what will bring us the most freedom. Without that structure beneath us, the chances of problem on top of problem becomes manifold.


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