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Re: Support Existing Content

From: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Date: Sat, 05 May 2007 05:28:54 -0700
Message-ID: <463C7886.4060309@sicking.cc>
To: Gareth Hay <gazhay@gmail.com>
Cc: public-html@w3.org

Gareth Hay wrote:
>> However, another effect of draconian error handling is that a lot 
>> fewer people are able to produce content in the language. There are 
>> much fewer people in the world that write XML and C than there are 
>> people that write HTML. One of the reasons for the success of the 
>> internet is the simplicity of producing HTML content.
>>
>> Javascript was designed with exactly this issue in mind, it should be 
>> easy to produce content for. You can also note that javascript has 
>> much less draconian error handling than C and that there are a lot 
>> more authors of javascript code than C code.
>>
>>
> I don't think this is the case at all. As there would be fewer ways to 
> incorrectly do things, and a defined correct way, it will be /easier/ to 
> learn.
> No more learning conditional comments, no more having to remember how to 
> do things in 5 different browsers.

Is your main concern that it will be hard to learn to *write* HTML5 
unless we have draconian error handling?

If so, you can always use the XML (XHTML) which has draconian error 
handling. As a bonus it also has much simpler parsing rules. And it 
gives you exactly the same feature set as if you used HTML syntax for 
the markup.

Does that solve your concern?

/ Jonas
Received on Saturday, 5 May 2007 12:28:57 UTC

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