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Re: HTML5 and XHTML2 combined (a new approach)

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2009 20:14:54 +0000 (UTC)
To: Mark Birbeck <mark.birbeck@webbackplane.com>
Cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0901221947040.29785@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Thu, 22 Jan 2009, Mark Birbeck wrote:
> 
> HTML5 is about a monolithic spec, individually authored, making a 
> *virtue* out of having no extension points

HTML5 now consists of at least eight specs:

   http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/
   http://dev.w3.org/html5/workers/
   http://dev.w3.org/html5/websockets/
   http://dev.w3.org/2006/webapi/XMLHttpRequest/
   http://dev.w3.org/2006/webapi/selectors-api/
   http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-abarth-mime-sniff-00.txt
   http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-abarth-origin-00.txt
   http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-hixie-thewebsocketprotocol-01.txt

...with six credited authors and over 260 acknowledged contributors, 
which has at least seven different extensions mechanisms:

 * class="" to extend elements
 * data-*="" for script annotations
 * <meta name="" content=""> for document-level name/value pairs
 * rel="" for extending link semantics
 * <script type=""> for embedding data blobs
 * <embed> for adding new native-code-implemented features
 * JS prototyping for extending the APIs
 
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