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Re: Accessible bootstrapping is now available using semantic HTML markup.

From: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 08:50:51 +0000
Message-ID: <50B32D6B.3060509@david-woolley.me.uk>
To: Bryan Garaventa <bryan.garaventa@whatsock.com>
CC: "Alford, Lynn" <lynn.alford@jcu.edu.au>, "Kornbrot, Diana" <d.e.kornbrot@herts.ac.uk>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Bryan Garaventa wrote:

> simple HTML tags, which does, to me at least, fit the definition of 
> bootstrapping, where a complex series of actions occurs from one simple 
> trigger.

The etymology of the computer science use of bootstrapping is that one 
is pulling oneself up by ones boot laces (something that it physically 
impossible of course).

It is actually a term that that is well known to the general public, 
albeit that the popular term is a contraction of the full word, and the 
public don't know the real significance of the word.  When one reboots a 
computer one is really re-bootstrapping, or, more fully, re-bootstrap 
loading it.

It is not restricted to loading.  If you want to create the first native 
compiler for a new hardware architecture, you first cross compile it, 
and then compile it using itself on the target architecture.  That is 
also called bootstrapping, because the compiler is being used to create 

David Woolley
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