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Re: Support Existing Content (was: Proposed Design Principles review)

From: Murray Maloney <murray@muzmo.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2007 10:37:16 -0400
Message-Id: <5.1.1.6.2.20070429103320.00b02990@mail.muzmo.com>
To: Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>
Cc: "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>

At 12:08 AM 4/29/2007 +0200, Håkon Wium Lie wrote:
>Also sprach Murray Maloney:
>  > > > I renamed this principle to "Support Existing Content". Here is 
> the new text:
>  > > >
>  > > > 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.
>  >
>  > The problem with this statement is that it is not a Language Design 
> Principle.
>  > It is a User Agent Design Principle. I would feel more comfortable if you
>  > would label it as a User Agent Design Principle.
>
>The principle, if adhered to, has important implications on the design
>of the language. Therefore, I think it can comfortably be labelled as
>a langugage design principle.

It speaks about browsers and implementations of HTML 5. It is not about the 
language.
It may as well say that search engines should still be able to work on HTML 
5 content.
A design principle should be about the subject of the design.
Received on Sunday, 29 April 2007 14:50:49 GMT

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