The top 4 XHTML features
XHTML is often described as the XML version of HTML as it combines the strength of HTML and XML. It is actually HTML which follows all the rules of XML strictly.
Among the things that HTML5 is right about is that it correctly shifts the responsibility for making webpages display correctly away from web page authors and places more of it on web browsers. That is why it isn’t that important anymore for browsers to have good markup. However, there are still several benefits of using well-written XHTML code and PL/PDF is happy to support the ones using it. Properly written XHTML code can be outstanding data source for applications which can parse XML thereby opening up many possibilities in exchanging data in a consistent way. Here is the 4 top features we see in using XHTML in 2016:
XHTML gives you a more consistent, well-structured format
In exchange for your efforts writing decent XHTML code, you get great help from validators, pointing out mistakes in your syntax. Additionally, your proper code is easier to understand and maintain. You can easily edit, convert and format your document in the long run. The XHTML code is easier to grasp and code validators work better on it. The risk of dumb syntax errors is pretty low.
XHTML introduced stricter error handling
Browsers are forgiving of errors in HTML and good at rendering poorly written HTML code. So most websites are displayed despite the fact of having technical errors in the markup. But if one knows XHTML and use the strict doctype of it, it is very likely that he or she has picked up some good coding habits. Although you can code HTML5 sites with the more strict syntax rules of XHTML in order to make it less resource intensive for interpretation.
Good markup is still necessary for content management systems (CMS)
As we have mentioned above good markup is evadable for browsers, but not really for CMSs. For content management systems it is useful if the markup is in a consistent style, is semantic and totally free from syntax errors. These three characteristics are all definitely true for XHTML. It obviously means that XHTML generated markup is a great choice for developing and manipulating content management systems.
Good to work with it using PL/PDF
XML and XHTML can be processed well with the use of PL/SQL. PL/PDF uses the so called DBMS_XMLDOM Oracle package which is for accessing XMLType objects and implements the Document Object Model (DOM), an application programming interface (API) for HTML and XML documents. It is a built-in XML processer. PL/PDF supports paragraphs, images, tables, lists, headers and sup-sub tags when using XHTML. The plpdf3_xhtml is the procedure in PL/PDF tools for creating XHTML tables, reports and PDF files from XHTML. Want to see how does it look like in action? Then this playlist is for you: Thanks for reading and I hope this short article helped you to have a clearer picture about the benefits of XHTML.