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Re: taking HDP seriously (was Re: HTML Design Principles to WD?)

From: Philip Taylor (Webmaster) <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2007 18:01:38 +0000
Message-ID: <472B6602.7090705@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <oedipus@hicom.net>
CC: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>, Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>



Gregory J. Rosmaita wrote:

> 1. why have a principles document if we shouldn't take them too "strongly"
> and seriously?  despite your personal feelings, a statement of Design 
> Principles is an essential step in getting the HTML5 draft published as a 
> working group draft -- without consensus on HDP, we have no guiding 
> principles, but are left in the morass of competing philosophies, 
> quasi-religious fanaticism, and talking-by and around one another that 
> has plagued and retarded the work of the HTML WG so far...


Hear hear.  I don't necessarily agree with everything else that
Gregory wrote in his message, and I am even willing to argue /for/
the retention of the phrase "rule of thumb" where appropriate,
since I believe that the world has now moved on from that dark
and depressing era when fear of offending against the precepts of
Political Correctness served to guide our every move, but I do
support 100% Gregory's assertion that "a statement of Design
Principles is an essential step in getting the HTML5 draft
published as a working group draft".

I wonder whether we might usefully use the W3C Issue Tracker
as recently demonstrated by Julian Reschke to discuss, debate
and /resolve/ each Design Principle in turn, with a view to
finally being being able to publish this key document and then
Move On.

Philip TAYLOR
Received on Friday, 2 November 2007 18:02:39 UTC

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