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Re: Is "breaking the Web" with HTML 5 a non issue?

From: Geoffrey Sneddon <foolistbar@googlemail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 16:19:02 +0100
Cc: Andrew Sidwell <w3c@andrewsidwell.co.uk>, Justin James <j_james@mindspring.com>, public-html@w3.org
Message-Id: <4C11498D-6161-4AD2-ABE7-2496D5835031@googlemail.com>
To: Leif Halvard Silli <lhs@malform.no>

On 23 Sep 2008, at 02:53, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:

> Andrew Sidwell 2008-09-22 18.47:
>> In short, yes; the suggestion to junk backwards compatibility is  
>> the polar opposite of how the spec (and the Web!) has been  
>> developed to date.  HTML5 is a specification of how to handle text/ 
>> html and application/xhtml+xml documents, not how to handle a  
>> subset of text/html with a certain magic string at the beginning.
> Actually, the HTML 5 draft *is* about how to handle a subset of text/ 
> html. Allthough a very large subset of the Web.

If it's only a subset, it isn't good enough. It needs to define  
everything, otherwise de-facto it remains undefined. My understanding  
is it is the aim to document everything.

Geoffrey Sneddon
Received on Tuesday, 23 September 2008 15:19:41 UTC

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