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Re: Event handler attributes (Was: Dependencies in XHR)

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2008 00:55:08 -0700
Cc: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>, Web API public <public-webapi@w3.org>
Message-Id: <E31B88F0-4525-4FB1-855E-9874C76E815D@apple.com>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>

On May 27, 2008, at 11:56 PM, Ian Hickson wrote:

> (In particular, I think we really need to get over the concept of "but
> that's a host language issue" or "that doesn't belong in my spec"  
> and so
> on -- we're defining a single platform here, it isn't useful for us  
> to be
> declining responsibility over the more complicated parts. While the  
> theory
> of orthogonal technologies would have been nice, the Web is at a point
> where all the technologies are embedded in each other to some  
> extent, and
> we should embrace that, not try to deny it. We will have a healthier
> technology stack if we consider the HTML and SVG specs, say, to be
> different chapters of the same language spec, rather than if we  
> consider
> them to be separate languages.)

I strongly agree with this sentiment. I strongly prefer if similar  
concepts shared between SVG and HTML can be defined in a consistent  
way in a single place. I would say many parts of HTML5 arguably fall  
in this category and I am ok with them being in HTML5 mainly as a  
matter of expediency, and I hope that in time these things can be  
factored out. Every little thing like this that is different is a  
point of pain for implementors of and authors in the emerging Web  
platform that includes both HTML and SVG.

If any such items can be factored sooner rather than later, then that  
will be welcome news. I apologize also for the item I volunteered to  
factor out but have not taken to completion (the Window object). It  
turned out to be a lot harder to do than I expected going in.

Received on Wednesday, 28 May 2008 07:56:04 UTC

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