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

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 17:23:33 +0200
Message-ID: <48D909F5.2000502@gmx.de>
To: Geoffrey Sneddon <foolistbar@googlemail.com>
CC: Leif Halvard Silli <lhs@malform.no>, Andrew Sidwell <w3c@andrewsidwell.co.uk>, Justin James <j_james@mindspring.com>, public-html@w3.org

Geoffrey Sneddon wrote:
> 
> 
> 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.

Strictly speaking if it defines "everything" then no extension point 
will be left. Leaving things undefined can be a feature.

BR, Julian
Received on Tuesday, 23 September 2008 15:24:17 UTC

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