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Re: Section 1.4.4 proposed text

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2008 00:35:46 +0000 (UTC)
To: Chris Wilson <Chris.Wilson@microsoft.com>
Cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0811120033140.1041@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Tue, 11 Nov 2008, Chris Wilson wrote:
> I'd mentioned once or twice that I thought the text for section 1.4.4 - 
> "Relationship [of HTML5] to XUL, Flash, Silverlight, and other 
> proprietary UI languages" - should be revised, as it characterizes these 
> languages as "UI" languages (which isn't appropriate except in XUL's 
> case), and is rather offensively worded.  Here is proposed text to 
> replace the current text of this section.  Comments welcome, of course.

How are Flash and Silverlight not UI languages?

> Title should be revised to:
> Relationship to XUL, Flash, Silverlight, and other proprietary languages
> This specification is independent of various vendor markup languages 
> such as XUL, Flash, Silverlight and others. As an openly developed 
> language, HTML5 provides non-proprietary solutions to many of the same 
> problems, but is not guaranteed to be a replacement for any or all of 
> the features of these languages.

This doesn't mention the risk of vendor lock-in and the benefit of vendor 
neutrality, which are two of the most important points made in the current 
paragraph, IMHO.

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