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Re: Deciding in public (Was: SVGWG SVG-in-HTML proposal)

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 01:38:51 +0000 (UTC)
To: Leif Halvard Silli <lhs@malform.no>
Cc: 'HTML WG' <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0808040134330.13029@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Sun, 3 Aug 2008, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
> Btw, in CSS, there is a "blessed" mechanism for adding new,
> experimental/vendor spesific "things".

The reason this works in CSS (and the DOM) and not in HTML is that in CSS 
you can have redundancy and it won't cause problems even if any one 
browser supports multiple variants:

   p { opacity: 0.5; -moz-opacity: 0.5; -mb-opacity: 50%; }

...whereas with HTML elements there's no really good way to do this -- 
you might end up with one browser rendering multiple elements, or with 
incompatible fallback mechanisms, or with CSS applying to multiple 
elements, or all kinds of problems like that.

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