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Re: declarative expressons in WF2

From: James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 15:50:45 +0100
Message-ID: <4607DDC5.7000408@cam.ac.uk>
To: Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>
CC: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, Sebastian Schnitzenbaumer <sebastian@dreamlab.net>, public-html@w3.org

Dave Raggett wrote:
> You might say "What's wrong with event handlers?. Everyone in the HTML 
> WG is very comfortable with writing scripts for event handlers, so 
> what's the problem?"
> Well we have a duty of care to the rest of the population who don't know 
> and don't care about scripting. If we ignore that duty then the market 
> will make a correction. HTML will be sidelined as a delivery format and 
> won't be an editing format.

I'm confused about who this popuulation of authors is. By hypothesis they have 
the desire to develop a simple web application, but have no knowledge of 
programming languages, correct?

Ignoring the issue of whether a declarative syntax actually delivers on the 
claimed ease of use, I don't understand how is this target population of authors 
is supposed to develop the server-side component of their web-app? They could, 
of course, get a third party to implement that, but then why not also have that 
third party develop the client-side? I feel like I must be missing something 
trivial because my interpretation is that the proposal is aimed at a user base 
that does not exist.

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