Quote Originally Posted by AutisticCuckoo View Post
You're right. Of course the should. But they shouldn't have to worry about that as they get started. They should first learn HTML properly. XHTML can come later, since it's not very useful after all. And it's not necessary for most of us, either.
Well no because many novices end up writing what they think is XHTML because of some misinformation that will have been fed to them in one way or other. I've seen in the past, novices starting off with XHTML. So IMO before they touch a byte of code they should learn why they don't need to be using XHTML (and why they should start off with good 'ole HTML 4), and to learn that, they need to know at the very least the basic difference between XHTML and HTML.