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Goodbye

From: Krzysztof Maczyński <1981km@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2012 02:43:16 +0100
Message-ID: <CAEc_qXx2BzbfNUWqr1ycsCurkFiKyZqGQYHYZWSZ=2tEqvakBg@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-html@w3.org
I'm leaving the group, unsubscribing and resigning as an Invited
Expert. I haven't written anything here in a long while. According to
what the Chairs and Editors said, usual ways of contributing are still
possible, regardless of membership in the HTML WG. My original intent
in joining was to help find some way different from the current one,
leading us into a morass of an HTML5 überspecification which on
purpose hinders compatibility with all independently defined
technologies, has no abstract underlying model (exceptions, multitudes
of rules and special cases everywhere, all things depending on all
others), stuns and deters many smart people who like elegant
simplicity and universal applicability of orthogonal building blocks,
promotes bloated "Web applications" replacing the semantic concept of
documents, ubiquituous scripting instead of declarative means and
extensible (syntactically and functionally) components (which makes
the results impossible to integrate, debug and run effectively and
efficiently because of violating the principle of least power - a
script mostly cannot be statically analyzed and thus solutions based
on them are slow and error-prone, as we can more and more easily
notice with contemporary browsers and pages, and it is my prediction
that the situation _will_ be getting worse approaching the mythical
2022). (More about that in a hearing of which I was a co-author on
KonteStacja Internet Radio:
http://www.kontestacja.com/?p=episode&e=934 (in Polish).) Now I can
see that the powers above us here, and even above W3C, have decided
(for reasons quite obvious now, really) to hold us back dozens of
years while luring people with buzzwords and superficial advantages
which in fact aren't HTML5's own features, nor anything new or at
least more sensible from previous efforts (even full standards) to
come up with. I'll continue elsewhere. Thanks for the kind cooperation
of everybody with whom I've interacted at W3C for this period.
Received on Friday, 13 January 2012 01:46:14 UTC

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