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Proposed Design Principles review

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 19:21:51 +0000 (UTC)
To: public-html@w3.org
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I'm done reviewing, and I give it a thumbs up.

http://esw.w3.org/topic/HTML/ProposedDesignPrinciples

Specifically, I have the following editorial suggestions:

* I would recommend moving the links to the definitions of "backwards 
compatible" and "forwards compatible" to the end of the section, because 
they don't seem to make anything clearer (in particular, the terms aren't 
used, so it's not like they're helping the reader understand the section).

* To lessen the confusion of the "Don't Break The Web" entry, I recommend 
removing "New versions of HTML must not break significant numbers of Web 
pages", and adjusting the rest of the text to not use the word "break". 
Maybe the entire thing should be renamed to not say "break". Basically we 
want to be saying that a browser that implements our spec (and other specs 
that supplement it, like CSS or DOM Core, but not anything else) will 
render existing content the same way as legacy browsers.

I would drop all three Disputed Principles.

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