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Re: Splitting up the spec

From: Jim Jewett <jimjjewett@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2008 17:59:27 -0500
Message-ID: <fb6fbf560811241459k62efa446jc85260ac14eb9b48@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Boris Zbarsky" <bzbarsky@mit.edu>
Cc: "Asbjørn Ulsberg" <list@asbjorn.ulsberg.no>, "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>

On Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 5:21 PM, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu> wrote:
> Asbjørn Ulsberg wrote:

>>> That approach makes it impossible to actually use the "markup spec" for
>>> even writing an authoring tool.  What exactly is the point of this "markup
>>> spec", again?

>> I believe there is a very valid use-case for an as pure "markup spec" as
>> possible, and that is: Authors.

> As people keep saying (including the ones advocating splitting things up),
> authors should be reading authoring guides, not specifications.

Traditionally, those who do rely on authoring guides have often produced
sloppy vendor-specific code.  That is because the guides tell them to,
in both prose and example.

Making the HTML spec more complicated will make the job of authoring
guide authors more difficult -- which isn't likely to improve the situation.

-jJ
Received on Monday, 24 November 2008 23:00:32 GMT

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