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Re: Write-up about semantics in HTML5 from A List Apart

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2009 23:17:53 +0000 (UTC)
To: John Allsopp <john@westciv.com>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0901062310130.18598@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Tue, 6 Jan 2009, Boris Zbarsky wrote:
> > 
> > We are developing communications solutions for the timeframe of 
> > decades.
> 
> While true, a solution that is always a decade away is not much use, 
> though.

Also, while the solutions we're designing will almost certainly still be 
in use decades from now, and will almost certainly influence the solutions 
in use centuries from now, we are not actually designing the solutions for 
the problems seen decades from now.

That is to say, we are trying to solve the problems of today and the next 
few years, with a design that will be extensible in the future by the 
maintainers of HTML once they know what the problems of the future are. 
HTML5 is not the end of the road; when HTML5 is widely deployed and used, 
then we will be able to design HTML6 on top of it. And so forth.

Thus there is no need for HTML5 to have author-usable features for 
extensibility to solve the problems of decades from now. The extensibility 
mechanisms for authors (and HMTL5 has many [1]) should solve _today's_ 
problems; and the language should be designed in such a way that the 
future maintainers of HTML can later extend the language to fix their 
problems. This is just how HTML4 was done; it's how CSS was done; it's how 
XML was done (you can't invent new XML syntax, for instance, that would 
require a new version of XML).

[1] http://wiki.whatwg.org/wiki/FAQ#HTML5_should_support_a_way_for_anyone_to_invent_new_elements.21

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