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Re: Extensibility strategies, was: Deciding in public (Was: SVGWG SVG-in-HTML proposal)

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2008 22:19:42 +0200
Message-ID: <4897645E.5030604@gmx.de>
To: Sam Ruby <rubys@us.ibm.com>
CC: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, 'HTML WG' <public-html@w3.org>, public-html-request@w3.org

Sam Ruby wrote:
> Ian Hickson wrote on 08/02/2008 03:45:19 PM:
>  >
>  > The syntax for a self-closing element is for the element to be 
> immediately
>  > followed by a close tag, for example, what in proprietary XML might be
>  > written as:
>  >
>  >    <foo xmlns="http://example.com/" />
>  >
>  > ...can be written in HTML5 as:
>  >
>  >    <div class="com.example.foo"></div>
> 
> Other than the fact that I would suggest span over div, this approach 
> does meet the requirements I laid out.
> 
> It doesn't have the benefit of field experience (in the devil you know 
> vs the devil you don't know), but it would seem to work.

As a matter of fact, it does not work, as it wouldn't be able to both 
represent and disambiguate all namespace names that may occur in XHTML.

> Of course, the usuability of such an approach sucks, which I gather is 
> the point of the proposal.

Right.

BR, Julian
Received on Monday, 4 August 2008 20:20:27 UTC

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