W3C has decided to abort the XHTML 2 effort. It is said that this will allow more time and effort towards HTML 5. There were some indications towards lack of interest in the XHTML evolution, so this is not exactly a surprise. XHTML’s strictness made it unpopular with the pragmatists, but I think it lost out more because of popularity of HTML 5. I am sure it will not be missed by the majority, but some of us did wonder if it could have led to more innovative uses. An important thing to mention is that the XML serialization of HTML will be addressed by HTML 5, what we will lose out on is the XHTML family of documents.