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RE: complexity

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2004 18:01:22 +0000 (UTC)
To: "Jewett, Jim J" <jim.jewett@eds.com>
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0404121756130.27215@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Mon, 12 Apr 2004, Jewett, Jim J wrote:
> My definition of "small" is one person in his or her spare time.
> That isn't realistic for a new desktop browser -- but there haven't been
> many of those in a while.

Oh, well, sure. Web browsers now are basically application platforms, like
graphical operating systems or macro-capable office suites. They thus have
a similar level of complexity.

Sure, it's unfortunate that this means that one person can no longer write
a Web browser. But I don't think it would be viable to simplify Web
standards to the point where one person _could_ implement one, simply
because it just wouldn't be capable of doing what people want from
browsers now.

> And to be perfectly honest, if the standards are really only aimed at
> multiple-full-time-developer projects, then why bother to standardize?
> "What MSIE does", maybe coupled with "what Mozilla and Netscape do"
> would be just as useful.

The CSS working group (for instance) consists mainly of people from the
Safari, Mozilla, IE, and Opera teams. It effectively _is_ "What MSIE does
couple with what Mozilla does", except that we agree on what should happen
_before_ we have to copy another browser's bugs.

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