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Re: Cleaning House

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Thu, 03 May 2007 21:14:35 +1000
Message-ID: <4639C41B.4070207@lachy.id.au>
To: "Jukka K. Korpela" <jkorpela@cs.tut.fi>
CC: www-html@w3.org, public-html@w3.org

Jukka K. Korpela wrote:
> I don't expect much to happen to HTML, no matter what XHTML or HTML 5 
> drafts (and maybe, after many years and struggles, even candidate 
> recommendations) will be issued. The idea of creating something that is 
> "compatible" with existing bulk of markup _and_ with errors and 
> idiosyncracies of browsers, yet extends HTML in essential ways, sounds 
> remarkably unrealistic.

It's not unrealistic, it just requires a lot of hard work and 
dedication, which we have seen a lot of over the past 3 years in the WHATWG.

> I think it's time to consider something new that does carry all the 
> burdens of the past errors and flaws. Learning from the experience 
> rather than being bound by it, we could now design a markup language 
> suitable for the World Wide Web.

That sounds remarkably close to the approach the XHTML2 WG is taking, 
yet few people actually believe that will be successful.

Lachlan Hunt
Received on Thursday, 3 May 2007 11:14:49 UTC

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