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Re: review of content type rules by IETF/HTTP community

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 15:53:28 -0500
Message-ID: <46CF4548.4040205@mit.edu>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
CC: public-html@w3.org

Julian Reschke wrote:
>> Browser vendors don't implement specs they disagree with. As spec 
>> authors, we only have power over user agent implementors so long as we 
>> tell them to do things they want to do anyway.
> 
> ...which would mean that we (== the HTML WG) have no power at all.

I'd say the WG has no power to force, but does have power to suggest. 
It definitely has power to pick a single option from several ways of 
achieving functionality and convince them to go with it.  In fact, that 
would be the most important part of the standards process, in my mind: 
getting everyone to agree on a single way of accomplishing some goal. 
This presupposes they all want to accomplish that goal, of course.  If 
not, there's not much the standards process will be able to do about that.

-Boris

P.S.  Not speaking as a UA implementor here, for what it's worth.
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