XHTML as an Emerging Innovation for the World Wide Web

by Barnett, Clifton A.

Abstract (Summary)
XHTML is an innovative metadata standard that blends the traditional World Wide Web markup language HTML with the less well-known markup language XML. It is currently only used in a small percentage of documents on the Web. The purpose of this paper is take a look at what sort of penetration XHTML has achieved to date, and make a preliminary effort at mapping the diffusion process of this innovation. To this end, I developed three categories of web page to examine, online shops, personal homepages, and university academic library homepages. I then proceeded to collect the URLs and document types (HTML or XHTML) of seventy-five web pages for each category. I also examined archived data to determine the approximate implementation date for those pages that had adopted XHTML. Using this data, I drew some preliminary conclusions about the state of diffusion in which XHTML is currently, as well as identifying which areas will require further study in future works.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Brad Hemminger

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:world wide web – document structure analysis type classification metadata standards xhtml html


Date of Publication:04/15/2005

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