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Re: [Bug 6684] Disregard of RFC 4329 and IANA MIME Media Types

From: Philip TAYLOR <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
Date: Thu, 02 Apr 2009 10:37:41 +0100
Message-ID: <49D48765.1060609@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
To: "Michael A. Puls II" <shadow2531@gmail.com>
CC: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, HTMLWG <public-html@w3.org>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>, Chris Wilson <Chris.Wilson@microsoft.com>


Michael A. Puls II wrote:

 > [...]

> If it doesn't solve any problem ditch the RFC. 

Might I respectfully suggest the opposite approach ?

	If the RFC does not cause any intractable problems,
	then adopt it without hesitation.

Reasoning : RFCs were here long before HTML 5 was ever
dreamed of, and will be here (perhaps in a modified
form) long after HTML 5 is dead and forgotten.  They
do not exist as an academic exercise, but rather to
/ensure/ interoperability (which is one of the primary
raisons d'etre for HTML 5).  Therefore, if an RFC makes
a recommendation, HTML 5 (and all similar standards)
should adopt that RFC as a given.  If this results in
an intractable problem, then that problem should be raised
with the relevant RFC authorit{y|ies) rather than being
swept under the counter and the offending RFC ignored.

Philip TAYLOR
Received on Thursday, 2 April 2009 09:38:24 UTC

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