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Re: Support Existing Content

From: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 03:02:57 -0700
Message-ID: <4631CA51.3080500@sicking.cc>
To: Doug Schepers <doug.schepers@vectoreal.com>
Cc: public-html@w3.org

Doug Schepers wrote:
> 
> Hi-
> 
> Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
>>
>> I renamed this principle to "Support Existing Content". Here is the 
>> new text:
>>
>> Support Existing Content
>>
>> SupportExistingContent: Browsers implementing the new version of HTML 
>> should still be able to handle existing content. Ideally, it should be 
>> possible to process web documents and applications via an HTML5 
>> implementation even if they were authored against older 
>> implementations and do not specifically request HTML5 processing.
> 
> This is much clearer, thanks.  It addresses my complaint about the lack 
> of specificity for this point.
> 
> Now I'm sure I disagree with it.
> 
> This point in particular is still a bone of contention in the HTML WG, I 
> think, and so isn't suitable (for now) for inclusion in the Design 
> Principles.  Including this would essentially be a fiat for one camp.
> 
> I'd like a reality check, here, though.  I may be out of step with the 
> rest of the HTML WG on this issue.
> 
> Am I the only one who thinks this is a questionable design principle? If 
> so, I'll get my head examined and look at it again.

I certainly agree with it. For me one of the big points of HTML5 was to 
be a documentation for new browsers what they need to implement in order 
to support the web. This would help competition in the browser market 
which I think would be very healthy.

/ Jonas
Received on Friday, 27 April 2007 10:03:07 GMT

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