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Re: What is the value of conformance? (was RE: <font color="blue"> (was ISSUE-32))

From: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2009 16:50:58 -0700
Message-ID: <63df84f0906121650nd36f715h4258c0e972978d6b@mail.gmail.com>
To: John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>
Cc: Rob Sayre <rsayre@mozilla.com>, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, public-html@w3.org
On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 3:03 PM, John Foliot<jfoliot@stanford.edu> wrote:
> Jonas Sicking wrote:
>>
>> On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 2:08 PM, John Foliot<jfoliot@stanford.edu>
> wrote:
>> >
>> > Which brings *me* back to my ongoing question: why should we care
> about
>> > validity (conformance)?  Google doesn't and it does not seem to be
>> > impeding them any.  It makes the discussion surrounding @summary et al
>> > moot: if I continue to use @summary in an HTML5 the document it's
>> > non-conforming.  So what?  It works for my intended audience, and that
>> > trumps some ideal of conformance that seems to be almost meaningless
> in
>> > practice.  I get that it is "bad", but what does "bad" get me (vs.
> what
>> > being "good" will get me)?
>>
>> So what do you suggest we do?
>>
>
> In a perfect world, critical fail is that - critical (if your C+ code is
> not conformant, when you go to compile, what happens?)

If HTML is as hard to author as C++ is, then I think we have failed.

/ Jonas
Received on Friday, 12 June 2009 23:51:55 GMT

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