XHTML/HTML vs. XHTML
(This section is meant to be an appendix. Only go into enough detail to highlight the key differences between the two languages.)
(Despite what the title may suggest, the aim of this module is not state which version is "better." Only which version is right for users for their particular project so that they might make an informed decision.)
What are the Differences Between the Two?
XHTML has a stricter, XML-based syntax that does not appear in HTML, therefore making it slightly more advanced for new users.
The most important change is that there are no unpaired tags such as
<br>. As such, there is now a corresponding closing tag, or the tag is immediately closed within the tag itself.
Which Version is Right For Me?
(This section is only meant to highlight the positives for each language.)
The Case for HTML
You should use HTML if the following conditions are met:
- I want cross-compatibility without resorting to complex methods.
- I want to use the most established, thus most bug-free version of HTML.
- I want more flexibility when it comes to error-handling.
The Case for XHTML
You should use XHTML if the following conditions are met:
- I want to take advantage of XML applications such as MathML and XSL.
- I want to take advantage of XML's more efficient parsing processing.
- I want to use XHTML's inherent extensibility to create custom elements.