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Re: Don't require <Q>

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 19:34:13 -0800
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To: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Cc: Wendy A Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
At 06:36 PM 1/15/2001 , Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
>Hmmm, I don't think this does it. Either you use the markup (and Q is part of
>the markup) or you don't meet the checkpoint. If we want to have an erratum,
>it should be specific: "until user agents support the q element, do not use
>it". Which of course brings us to the thorny question (yet again) of how
>widely something needs to be supported.

Frankly, I view this as a flaw in the specification.  The HTML 4
spec that included <q> was NOT backwards compatible and thus any
implementation will be seriously broken in one of the two ways
that Len described.

So we're not looking at a problem with user agents, we're looking
at a problem with a poorly written spec that doesn't allow for any
sort of transitional implementations.  And that's broken.


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