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Re: Why Design Principles?

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2009 15:40:18 -0700
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To: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
three, probably minor, points...

a) when I joined the HTML effort, reading the principles really 
helped me understand what was going on

b) the principles are as much, or more, descriptive as they are 
prescriptive.  particularly, they state that the majority of the 
group thinks this way, and that if you want to make progress, you'll 
need to take that into account.  for example, the majority are 
pragmatic and will take significant notice of evidence and widespread 
successful practice.

c) I am not clear why the design principles need to serve as anything 
more than a WG internal document, that helps newcomers and helps 
frame discussions.  It's not a litmus test, and (we hope) has no real 
relevance as a document in its own right, except for the curious. 
But there does seem to be some desire to make it more formal and 
visible, and I don't object (though I am unclear as to why).

David Singer
Multimedia Standards, Apple Inc.
Received on Wednesday, 3 June 2009 22:41:56 UTC

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