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Re: several messages

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2008 23:18:49 +0000 (UTC)
To: Jirka Kosek <jirka@kosek.cz>
Cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0809022258490.7044@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Wed, 3 Sep 2008, Jirka Kosek wrote:
> But what is actually more important in regard to concerns previously
> raised by Henri and Smylers is which of the following two variants
> and
> could lead to a greater confusion between not well educated web 
> developers.

The empty string one looks reasonable, which means that it's not an 
option. The whole point here is to get people to use <!DOCTYPE HTML> and 
not something else, so we want something that doesn't look reasonable.

> IMHO the later variant is worse because without knowing the exact reason 
> for having this in HTML5 spec one could thing that public identifier 
> here is place for mentioning which system was used for producing HTML5 
> output. So I can imagine that those people who produced pages full of 
> Java applets and animated GIFs in the late 90s will produce pages 
> starting with
> <!DOCYTPE HTML PUBLIC "PHP-generated">
> or
> <!DOCYTPE HTML PUBLIC "Ruby-generated">
> or
> <!DOCYTPE HTML PUBLIC "<put your favorite processor here>-generated">

Hm, yeah, good point. Ok, I've changed it to XSLT-compat.

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