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Re: Comments on HTML WG face to face meetings in France Oct 08

From: David Orchard <orchard@pacificspirit.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2008 19:34:22 -0800
Message-ID: <2d509b1b0811171934m5cb97888jbc28d81d220f0f9@mail.gmail.com>
To: elharo@metalab.unc.edu
Cc: "Boris Zbarsky" <bzbarsky@mit.edu>, "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>, "Henry S. Thompson" <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>, public-html <public-html@w3.org>, www-tag@w3.org
On Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 7:29 PM, Elliotte Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>wrote:

> Beyond error handling, a big concern I have with HTML 5 as written is that
> it mixes together multiple layers that should be separate. The object model
> by which one accesses a document is very different from the syntax of the
> document, the semantics of the document, and the display of the document in
> a particular medium. HTML 5 treats these as more or less  different views of
> the same thing rather than as separable, independent pieces that connect to
> but do not depend on each other. A monolithic design like this is far less
> flexible and extensible.

I think that flexibility and extensibility of HTML in such ways as you
describe is a good thing, but I think many people disagree.  I observe a
consistent approach of consolidating (monolithizing?), centralizing and
removing extensibility expressed in the current HTML5 approach.

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