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Re: legacy of incompetence? [was: a compromise to the versioning debate]

From: Dão Gottwald <dao@design-noir.de>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2007 01:32:55 +0200
Message-ID: <46255927.8000208@design-noir.de>
To: Henk-Jan de Boer <html-wg@hjdeboer.nl>
CC: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Henk-Jan de Boer schrieb:
>>> Wouldn't it be better to pick up the versioning debate later on, when 
>>> Apple, Opera and Mozilla can claim that HTML5 is fully backwards 
>>> compatible with existing content?
>>
>> IE, due to its broken standards mode, often gets different content 
>> served than Safari, Opera and Firefox. Authors expect IE to be broken, 
>> hence the risk to break sites when fixing bugs. You can't test this 
>> with other browsers.
> 
> Thanks, I did a wrong assumption when I wrote that. You're very right; 
> but here's that paradox again: how can HTML5 claim to be fully backwards 
> compatible with all legacy content, when a lot of that content is 
> written, based on incompatibilities of the past?

HTML5 claims to be compatible with legacy HTML. It doesn't claim to 
solve CSS and DOM compatibility issues.

--Dao
Received on Tuesday, 17 April 2007 23:33:05 UTC

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