Force-Feeding Medicine, XHTML 1.1

August 01, 2003 9AM PST

On constructive criticism, and XHTML 1.1 vs. MIME types.

It’s great having people pick apart your work with unsolicited advice, isn’t it, Andy? And by great I mean it’s as much fun as having your eyes gouged out with lobster forks. And by fun I mean cringe-inducing.

As a veteran of the odd “doing work for the Common Good and being taken to task after doing something wrong” paradigm, all I can offer is a sense of solidarity, and these words of advice: At the end of the day, if you change one thing to make one person happy, you will inevitably have changed the very thing another was perfectly happy with.

And a word to those who are quick to hit the Contact button. On any site. Honey first, to make the vinegar go down easier. Don’t drown your message in unpleasantness, or it will go unheeded. §

While there are purportedly no real-world benefits to using XHTML 1.1 in 2003, it can’t hurt to start experimenting now.

What I want: a way to serve up <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="application/xhtml+xml; charset=iso-8859-1" /> selectively to browsers that can handle it. I’d like both ASP and PHP variants. I tried someone else’s PHP on the Zen Garden a month or so back, but I never got it working properly; does anyone have a link or two on this? §