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Re: text/html fallback using the Same Bytes

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2011 18:47:39 +0200
Message-Id: <9FF41809-53D5-43BD-951D-7F65F0A31843@iki.fi>
To: public-html-xml@w3.org
On Jan 7, 2011, at 14:13, Sam Ruby wrote:

> First, Venus can and does produce multiple outputs.  I even provide an xhtml2html[1] filter do to exactly what you describe.  You can see the results for yourself[2].
> Second, despite your dire claims of confusion, brittleness, stunts, and shooting; (1) many, many people have made use of Planet Venus over an extended period of time;

I didn't mean that your software doesn't work. I mean that polyglot in general is full of gotchas. Even if you (and possibly other specialists on this mailing list) can make it work, it doesn't follow that it's a good idea to promote polyglot in general to the unsuspecting public (like Appendix C was evangelized to people who never needed their content to be processable as XML).

> (2) as far as I know nobody actually uses the filter I provided;

People are lazy. Is it enabled by default? If not, of course no one is using it.

Henri Sivonen
Received on Friday, 7 January 2011 16:48:19 UTC

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