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Suggestions for the Pave the Cowpaths Examples

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 04:26:32 +1000
Message-ID: <46C9DCD8.4090300@lachy.id.au>
To: public-html <public-html@w3.org>

   Several people have stated that the <br/> example for the Pave the 
Cowpaths principle isn't very good, and is perhaps a little confusing. 
I suggest that it should be improved and that there should be an 
additional example added.

Since pave the cowpaths is really about solving problems and use cases 
related to existing practices, the <br/> principle should be reworded 
like this:

Many authors have adopted the XHTML syntax for empty elements and the 
practice of including the trailing slash is now quite common.  In order 
to assist with the transition from XHTML 1.0 to HTML5 in the future, the 
trailing slash has been permitted because it is harmless and forbidding 
it would require many authors to make many changes that have no 
practical benefit.

An additional example should also be added, which demonstrates how a use 
case (or cowpath) can be paved using an alternative solution to that 
which is widely deployed.

Many authors have begun publishing video on the web and providing custom 
controls.  Existing solutions make use of proprietary technologies like 
Flash to achieve this result.  HTML5 has introduced the <video> element 
to allow easy embedding of videos with a comprehensive API for scripts 
to provide custom controls.

Lachlan Hunt
Received on Monday, 20 August 2007 18:26:45 UTC

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