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Re: Extensibility vs. supporting SVG and MathML

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Fri, 4 Apr 2008 11:45:59 +0300
Cc: Sam Ruby <rubys@us.ibm.com>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, Public MathML mailing list <www-math@w3.org>
Message-Id: <AC50E643-A603-41ED-A4E4-1418BCDC3252@iki.fi>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>

On Apr 4, 2008, at 11:12, Julian Reschke wrote:
>> Microformats and ARIA extend HTML as overlays in order to create  
>> something that can be supported on some browsers but not in others  
>> an still not disrupt the others.
> Microformats suffer from the central registry.

Feature, not bug.

To enable communication between parties who aren't coordinating  
bilaterally, it's good to have a central bulletin board announcing new  
vocabularies so that different parties know to adopt the same  
vocabulary. I'm inclined to think that mechanisms that try to avoid  
letting others know about the extensions are flawed as they lead to  
Babelization when different corners of the Web reinvent the wheel  
instead of checking microformats.org, whatwg.org or w3.org in case the  
wheel already exists.

Henri Sivonen
Received on Friday, 4 April 2008 08:46:51 UTC

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