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Re: Design Principles

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 10:34:12 +0000 (UTC)
To: Leif Halvard Silli <lhs@malform.no>
Cc: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0905261033060.10857@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Tue, 26 May 2009, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
> Ian Hickson On 09-05-26 06.38:
> > On Tue, 26 May 2009, Leif Halvard Silli wrote:
> >   
> > > Another quote from the same page: "imperative that HTML be extended 
> > > in a backwards-compatible way".
> > > 
> > > So HTML 4 is winning. And HTML 5 has to be backwards-compatible.
> > > 
> > > It really sounds from this as if it is very important to be 
> > > compatible with HTML 4.
> > 
> > No, being backwards compatible with the HTML4 spec is worthless. It's 
> > being backwards compatible with legacy content and implementations 
> > that matters (and that has been a cornerstone of the HTML5 effort).
> 
> So it was not the HTML 4 of the spec that was winning but another HTML4?

In the context of the interview, what is the difference between these two 
HTML4s? I don't understand the question.


> > > It really sounds as if mentioning HTML 4 should have had close to 
> > > high weight. (Except that the air we are breathing is called HTML 4 
> > > so we really should have something more unobvious to say.)
> > > 
> > > Perhaps you really meant that the DOM is winning? That "text/html" 
> > > is winning? However, that sounded so boring ...
> > 
> > Not sure what you mean. I meant that HTML has a high deployment rate 
> > today (in terms of user agents and content) compared to Flash and 
> > Silverlight, and that the HTML5 work is intended to continue this 
> > trend.
> 
> XHTML is also HTML.

I don't understand what this means or its relevance to either my comments 
above or the discussion as a whole.

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