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Gorilla Interactive is now designing sites with the latest web design standards. The benefits of XHTML are listed below:

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These are important advantages of XHTML over HTML with significant implications for the future of the Web. XHTML is essentially a reinterpretation of HTML 4 as an XML application. It takes the vocabulary of HTML and gives it the grammatical structure of XML. It's the first step in the transition of the Web to XML. According to the W3C and other sources, the main advantages of XHTML are:

  • Extensibility: As an XML application, XHTML is extensible by definition. This makes future changes to the language much simpler in comparison to the process of changing HTML. Most browsers are already XML-compliant, so adding elements to the language is simply a matter of changing the document type definition and namespace. It's no longer necessary to wait for browser developers to implement support for new elements.
  • Interoperability and portability: A properly structured XHTML document can be reformatted for use on a variety of display devices, including cell phones, PDAs, and other handheld devices. An XHTML document is also interoperable with other XML tools and applications.
  • Improves standardization: By imposing stricter rules on the way markup tags are used, XHTML removes some of the vagueness and inconsistency that has plagued HTML code. This makes it easier for browsers, search engines, and users to properly interpret the page markup.
  • Improves accessibility: XHTML documents are more accessible, which means that they work better with screen readers and other adaptive technologies. It also means that they score better with search engines.
  • Encourages cleaner code: XHTML continues the HTML 4 movement toward separating presentation from content. The XHTML markup designates document structure. Presentation is handled by CSS styles. This makes your Web sites easier to build and maintain.
  • Enforces best practices: Many of the recommended best practices for HTML are requirements in XHTML.
  • Makes more tools available: Since XHTML is an XML application, you can use any of the growing number of XML tools to develop, maintain, and transform your Web documents. You can use other XML applications (such as SVG) in XHTML documents, and you can use XML tools to do things such as transform an XHTML document into a PDF document.