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Re: <q> omnibus

From: Ben Millard <cerbera@projectcerbera.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2008 13:28:04 -0000
Message-ID: <E212526D325C42688F3567910FA97DD3@ben9xr3up2lv7v>
To: "Geoffrey Sneddon" <foolistbar@googlemail.com>
Cc: "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>, "Chris Wilson" <Chris.Wilson@microsoft.com>, "HTMLWG" <public-html@w3.org>

Geoffrey Sneddon wrote:
> Remember Chris said in the F2F that it was too late to remove it now.
> That should be somewhere in the minutes.

Chris Wilson wrote:
It's quite likely we WILL ship IE8 with <q> and </q> generating punctuation, 
since that's what HTML4.01 said we should do, and it's awfully late in the 
cycle to pull out now.  If there's a solid reason for it, we might be able 
to, but I would think that building an implementation that's (mostly, modulo 
the choice of default quote characters in English and the international 
language support) interoperable across the 4 most popular engines would be 
the best thing to do (= ship auto-generating quotes).


This means it won't be fully interoperable with any the 4 most popular 
engines. It won't be at all interoperable with previous versions of IE, 
which are still the most common means of browsing the web.

There'll be a Release Candidate before the final release:

We will be very selective about what changes we make between the next update 
and final release. We will act on the most critical issues.


I wouldn't call this a "critical issue" but it least it has a clear-cut 
solution (imho).

Ben Millard
Received on Tuesday, 16 December 2008 13:29:05 UTC

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