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

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Wed, 07 Jan 2009 14:14:58 +0100
Message-ID: <4964AAD2.7010304@gmx.de>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
CC: John Allsopp <john@westciv.com>, public-html@w3.org

Ian Hickson wrote:
> ...
>> But in XML based languages you can extend the vocabulary, and this you 
>> can't in HTML. At least not the way it's currently defined.
> 
> Can you name a single unilateral extension to the HTML element vocabulary 
> that was a positive step forward in the development of HTML? HTML is 
> almost 20 years old now, and (despite this being non-conforming) it has 
> had its element name vocabulary unilaterally extended many times. If being 
> able to do this was ever going to be a good thing, we'd have seen it by 
> now. Have we?
> ...

Again, the "who" is not the problem. We discussed this before.

The problem is that even *if* a future W3C Working Group wants to add 
new elements, a change to the HTML parsing spec will be required.

BR, Julian
Received on Wednesday, 7 January 2009 13:29:21 UTC

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