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Teaching document conformance despite forgiving parsers [was: Re: code, samp, kbd, var]

From: Jim Jewett <jimjjewett@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 May 2007 19:27:07 -0400
Message-ID: <fb6fbf560705151627w6fcf563fmdb06f17d192669e4@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Tina Holmboe" <tina@greytower.net>
Cc: "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>, "Lachlan Hunt" <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>, www-html@w3.org

On 5/15/07, Tina Holmboe <tina@greytower.net> wrote:

>   Adding presentational elements and marking them as
>   "conforming but not advisable" will create a teacher's nightmare: how
>   to explain that something IS a standard but shouldn't be used?

Could you model it on the way driver's ed teachers discuss traffic safety?

You don't need to use seatbelts and airbags unless there is a
collision.  If everyone does everything right, there won't be any
collisions.  Wear the seatbelt anyhow.

The speed limit is X.  Roads and cars are designed to handle crashes
at X+Y.  If you drive X+Y, you might still be safe, but you can lose
your license anyway.

-jJ
Received on Tuesday, 15 May 2007 23:27:12 GMT

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