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Re: Support Existing Content

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 17:35:56 +0300
Message-Id: <23C50116-F665-4691-A9DE-11446F26BB71@iki.fi>
Cc: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>, Doug Schepers <doug.schepers@vectoreal.com>, public-html@w3.org
To: Gareth Hay <gazhay@gmail.com>

On Apr 27, 2007, at 14:20, Gareth Hay wrote:

> Surely any browser manufacturer is always going to have a mode that  
> will render older pages.
> What is preventing them having an HTML5 mode, which may or may not  
> build upon their previous engine.
...
> Why is this a problem?

The problem from the browser vendor point of view is the increased  
cost of code development and the increased cost of quality assurance.

The problem from the author point of view (or, rather, the Web app  
developer point of view) is that a "change everything" switch doesn't  
allow incremental adoption of new features into existing systems.

-- 
Henri Sivonen
hsivonen@iki.fi
http://hsivonen.iki.fi/
Received on Friday, 27 April 2007 14:35:56 UTC

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