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Re: conflation of issues or convergence of interests?

From: Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie>
Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2007 00:39:28 +0100
Message-ID: <46ABD3B0.1050906@cfit.ie>
To: "Patrick H. Lauke" <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Cc: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>, Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>, public-html@w3.org, wai-xtech@w3.org

Patrick H. Lauke wrote:
> I actually agree as well that we shouldn't ignore current use. 
>But I don't think it's necessarily an either/or proposition. As with HTML 4, many authors may not have taken advantage of certain features, 
>but some certainly did. Just ditching one feature because it's less used (or used incorrectly by well-meaning, but mistaken authors) takes 
>away from the language, as it then forces the knowledgeable authors who were indeed using those features correctly to adapt to a lowest 
>common denominator, impoverishing their content in the process. 

I think this is a really important point and something the group should
be conscious of when finalizing (though that is a way off) the spec. New
aspects of the spec should be designed so authors don't have to feel
like they are re-inventing the wheel when marking up content. The new
HTML 5 language should have an intuitive usable feel. Like lego :-)

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