[JDEV] Limitations of XHTML Basic

Robert Temple robert.temple at dig.com
Fri Apr 6 00:55:28 CDT 2001

I spent some time trying to do rich formatting in XHTML basic, but it wasn't
going the way I hoped.  Ran into the same problems you described below.
Instead I turned to using something similar to the <b><i><u><color
value="FFFFFF"> tags you described.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jens Alfke [mailto:jens at mac.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2001 4:46 PM
To: jdev at jabber.org
Subject: [JDEV] Limitations of XHTML Basic

The JPO and JPG say that HTML content in messages should use the "XHTML
Basic" dialect. However, the spec for XHTML Basic includes almost nothing in
the way of visual formatting commands, presumably because cellphones don't
have fonts and colors. (Kind of shortsighted, if you ask me!) So there's no
<b>, no <i>, no <font>. The spec does say that stylesheets can be used to
provide this kind of formatting, which in general I'm in favor of, but I
don't think that my Jabber client should have to be able to parse
stylesheets just so users can use fonts and colors in messages. 

Are there actual Jabber clients that can send/receive HTML messages? How are
they handling it? My guess is that they're likely to be ignoring the spec
and just using everyday <b>, <i> ... 


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