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Re: Complex Table Examples

From: L. David Baron <dbaron@dbaron.org>
Date: Sun, 13 May 2007 13:01:05 -0700
To: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <20070513200105.GA27158@ridley.dbaron.org>
On Sunday 2007-05-13 20:46 +0100, David Woolley wrote:
> L. David Baron wrote:
> >If something is implemented and used on the Web, it should stay in
> >the HTML spec.  Mark as deprecated if you want, but don't pretend
> You will also have to add back things like <tab> and <link rev="made">, 
> which are implemented and used (Lynx implements both; I think that some 
> other browsers implement rev="made"), but have dropped out of the spec 
> (<tab> was HTML 3.0, but rev=made is mainstream).  There are probably 
> other things which have dropped out, but have been implemented.

I don't think <tab> is used enough to count.

> In passing, it is not normal for standards to include prior versions, or 
> even the complete specification, and there is a difference between a 
> standard and an implementation.

It's necessary to do this so that the combination of the new
features and old features is well-defined.  Documents will combine
them, whether you like it or not, unless you want to force
implementations to pay the huge implementation and interoperability
cost of having version-dependent behavior.


L. David Baron                                <URL: http://dbaron.org/ >
           Technical Lead, Layout & CSS, Mozilla Corporation

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