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RE: Versioning and html[5]

From: Chris Wilson <Chris.Wilson@microsoft.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2007 15:39:48 -0700
To: Dão Gottwald <dao@design-noir.de>
CC: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <5C276AFCCD083E4F94BD5C2DA883F05A27D71924DC@tk5-exmlt-w600.wingroup.windeploy.ntdev.microsoft.com>

Dão Gottwald [mailto:dao@design-noir.de] wrote:
>You describe very well how and why the status quo causes headaches. All
>this should be easy for both web authors and MS, but it isn't. It is in
>your interest to change that.

Yes.

>IMHO, you should:
>
>- support existing doctype switches for HTML<5,

Yes.

>- support <!DOCTYPE html> as always-the-latest-version,

Not once it's widely used, as we will break back-compat.

>- release new versions of IE often and advance aggressively (get
>   somewhere near standards compliance, and people won't expect IE to be
>   and remain the buggy browser),

Yes.

>- and if needed, make new frozen-standard-support modes opt-in, and use
>   conditional comments for that (which would make you independent from
>   this very HTML WG and allow you to add new, advanced modes later on
>   without having to wait for another HTML spec).

That only allows authors to fix up their pages relatively easily once they see they're broken.  We release a new browser, and web developers and users still say "it's broken".

-C
Received on Thursday, 12 April 2007 22:39:58 GMT

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