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Re: Versioning and html[5]

From: Bruce Boughton <bruce@bruceboughton.me.uk>
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 12:50:48 +0100
Message-ID: <4620C018.1030808@bruceboughton.me.uk>
To: Ben Ward <ben@ben-ward.co.uk>
CC: public-html@w3.org

Ben Ward wrote:
>
> I have a question for Chris Wilson and other versioning advocates at 
> this point:
>
> What if you're right? What if actually it is unsustainable to develop 
> HTML in an evolutionary manner beyond HTML5? Maybe Ian Hickson and the 
> WHATWG, bright as they are, have missed some critical facet that means 
> we do need a discrete switch between revisions after all?
>
> What if you're right? How does that block this group from _attempting_ 
> to build a better, evolutionary and backward compatible HTML? Why can 
> we not approach this first ‘new’ HTML with the complete and committed 
> intent that it be evolutionary over HTML4 and that HTML6 will be 
> evolutionary over HTML5? Why can't we try it this — better — way?
>
> You'll still get a new DOCTYPE — <!DOCTYPE html> — so IEs legacy 
> features can be switched one last time if you guys really need it. And 
> then, we try to make this work.

I think the problem versioning advocates have with this is that we will 
be spec'ing a moving target.  While it may be true now that <!DOCTYPE 
html> is a good way of opting in to HTML5, by the time HTML5 is 
finalised, it may not be true.  While I personally do not want to see 
versioning and agree with your sentiments, I can see why those that want 
versioning do not feel comfortable relying on this doctype switch.

Bruce
Received on Saturday, 14 April 2007 11:51:44 UTC

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