[Pmwiki-users] Valid XHTML generation

Patrick R. Michaud pmichaud at pobox.com
Wed Jun 4 05:10:09 CDT 2003

In the continuing effort to head towards XHTML compatibility, I've
put up a test system at 


that attempts to generate well-formed XHTML output according to the
XHTML 1.0 transitional DTD.  I've run a few pages from this site 
through the W3C validator and they all seem to validate, but I 
definitely need some testing help and suggestions from others.

If the testing proceeds quickly and we don't encounter any major
problems, it's likely that I could include XHTML compatibility in the 
0.5.0 release.


On Wed, Jun 04, 2003 at 02:06:22AM -0600, Patrick R. Michaud wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 03, 2003 at 11:33:41PM -0400, Kirill Lapshin wrote:
> > Hi All,
> > 
> > I just started using PmWiki, and like it quite a lot. One annoying 
> > thing though is that the html it generates is nowhere near valid xhtml. 
> > P, BR, IMG, LI tags are never closed, the document structure is not 
> > valid, etc.
> > I tried to hack pmwiki.php, but it appears to be much harder then I thought.
> > Is there any plans on improving quality of generated pages?
> I'm definitely aiming towards xhtml compatibility.  pmwiki-0.5.beta1
> fixes the problems with the uppercase tag names (xhtml tags are always
> lower case).  Getting the <p> and <li> tags to close properly may
> be a bit tricky, as you've already surmised, but I'm willing to work
> on it.  Fixing the <br> and <img> tags ought to be fairly simple.
> Are there any other issues I should know about?  Also, do all browsers
> understand XHTML?  I know that didn't used to be the case, and I don't 
> want to switch everything to use XHTML only to discover that it causes
> some browsers to no longer be able to display PmWiki documents.  
> > Another problem I've encountered is that due to apache configuration 
> > my hosting has I can't use regular authentication model. I've seen on 
> > this list discussion on implementing alternative method -- via dialog 
> > and cookies. Is it something on the todo list?
> Yup, it's on the todo list, but so far it's been a somewhat low
> priority because I've only heard of a couple of instances where it's
> needed.  As I hear more requests for it I'll continue to bump it up in 
> priority.  
> Pm
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