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Polyglot markup already exists and is already of value (Was:NU’s polyglot possibilities)

From: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2013 05:33:30 +0100
To: Alex Russell <slightlyoff@google.com>
Cc: "Michael[tm] Smith" <mike@w3.org>, public-html WG <public-html@w3.org>, "www-tag@w3.org List" <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20130125053330703365.ffb5fd6b@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Alex Russell, Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:14:36 -0500:

> Under what conditions can the expectations of producers
> and consumers of polyglot documents be simplified by the addition of
> polyglot markup to their existing world/toolchain?

1. Polyglot markup exists. The question is if we should have a
   recommended spec for it.
2. PM has already created value for at least one XML tool (chain)
   developer.[1]
3. PM shows that one can create fully HTML5-conforming XHTML5 with
   XML tools. In my view, that is a pretty good value. 
4. We often cannot predict when something fails. PM implements many
   best practice principles = can help you fail less often.
5. Since it implements so many best practice principles, I see
   PM as a symbol. Many of its features are not features of 
   polyglot markup. E.g. despite some of them's opposition, PM is
   also a symbol of many of the ideas and features that the brains
   behind HTML5 has championed. By symbol I mean that while it can
   be taken literally, it also has value as inspiration and 
   compressed wisdom.

[1] 
http://www.w3.org/mid/20130123111541810665.2bba61d8@xn--mlform-iua.no
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