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Re: [HDP] Response to Review of HTML Design Principles Questionnaire

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 17:32:40 +0200
Message-ID: <46CC5718.3090606@gmx.de>
To: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
CC: public-html <public-html@w3.org>

Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> ...
> Julian Reschke wrote:
>> A cowpath is a sign that many people want to achieve something. But 
>> just paving it may be the wrong solution. 
> That comment doesn't make sense.  The first sentence correctly describes 
> the concept of a cowpath, but the second sentence seems to miss the 
> point.  Paving the cowpathts is just about addressing existing use cases 
> and practices using whatever the best solution is, not necessarily the 
> existing solution.
> ...

Well, I think it does.

What I wanted to say is that it may be better not to pave the cowpath, 
but to pave something nearby (solving the same problem, but not 
necessarily exactly the same way) -- for instance because paving it 
as-is may be in conflict with other design principles (accessibility, 
I18N, security...).

Hope this clarifies it...

Best regards, Julian
Received on Wednesday, 22 August 2007 15:32:53 UTC

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