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Re: {agenda} HTML WG telcon 2009-05-21

From: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2009 07:20:44 -0500
Message-ID: <1c8dbcaa0905210520g5bd5a955m858809a52a081943@mail.gmail.com>
To: Larry Masinter <LMM@acm.org>
Cc: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Larry wrote:

> Speaking as someone with a long-term investment in web standards:
> Design Principles:
> My main objection to the Design Principles (and the document that has
> resulted from them) is the fundamental assumption -- made from the
> beginning, alas -- to confound the "describe, as best we can, what HTML in
> the wild is today, and how to process it in a way that is bug-compatible
> with IE" with the other goal of "define new features that increase the
> expressivity and interactivity of the web", in a way that fundamentally ties
> any future advances to the mess of the past. I think it's a step backward,
> unnecessary, and leads to  a much worse, broken, inconsistent, and unhappy
> world for users, authors, and future browser-makers. It was a bad technical
> decision, made for short-term political (browser-wars) reasons.

That would be the "Pave The Cowpaths" Design Principle. This principle
has been debated at length. See the May 2007 thread starting at:

Working group members disagreed as well as strongly disagreed with
that principle in the August 2007 survey.

> I agree with Sam's contrasting the normal role of "editor" from Ian's role
> as "author" (which is more appropriate than "dictator" since Ian controls
> the document but not people directly).

Actually the 2007 survey was for "editors" not for an "author".

That survey also had a question to adopt HTML5 as our specification
text to review. Not to accept. It specifically said:

> A "yes" response indicates a willingness to use these documents as
> the basis for discussion with the editors and the WG going forward.
> It does not constitute endorsement of the entire feature set
> specified in these documents, nor does it indicate that you feel that
> the documents in their present state should become a W3C
> Recommendation or even a W3C Working Draft.

Related references:

Best Regards,

Laura L. Carlson
Received on Thursday, 21 May 2009 12:30:15 UTC

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