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Re: HTML5 object element - classid or not classid?

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Tue, 05 Aug 2008 12:59:59 -0400
Message-ID: <4898870F.6030402@mit.edu>
To: "Dr. Olaf Hoffmann" <Dr.O.Hoffmann@gmx.de>
CC: public-html@w3.org

Dr. Olaf Hoffmann wrote:
> Well, this is not really a historical question, because HTML4.01, 
> XHTML1.0 and XHTML1.1 are the current recommendations for
> HTML and HTML5 is still an early draft

 From an implementor's perspective, HTML5 is already far more 
implementable than the other specs you mention.

> there should be enough
> time, maybe several years for implementors to implement more
> features from HTML4.01 as they currently have

Given the underspecified nature of said features in HTML4.01, this would 
be a waste of time and actually create more problems than it solves, 
since the implementations would not be interoperable.

> a question at least for several content authors why this is not even
> implemented in current state of the art and commonly used 
> browsers,

Honestly?  Because given what we know about writing specifications now, 
HTML 4.01 is a terrible "specification" (if it can even be called such, 
since it actually doesn't specify very much).  It has a lot of 
kitchen-sink stuff in it, badly thought out and poorly defined.  It's a 
bad investment of development time to implement parts of it that aren't 
already widely implemented.

-Boris
Received on Tuesday, 5 August 2008 17:00:44 GMT

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