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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.

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

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