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Re: CSS is doomed (10 years per version ?!?)

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 10:27:31 +0000 (UTC)
To: Orion Adrian <orion.adrian@gmail.com>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0506301023060.7173@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Thu, 30 Jun 2005, Orion Adrian wrote:
> 
> "Say, 2 years for specification, 3 years before adoption by all common 
> browser engines, and another 5 years before the majority of users have 
> upgraded. That adds up to 10 years. Could be better, could be worse, but 
> you're talking about many years in any case."
>
> [...]
> 
> If anyone thinks I'm going to put up with a sloppy system for a decade, 
> then I'm just going to stick with Microsoft which doesn't seem to have 
> this problem.

Really? It's been about 5 years since Avalon started being developed, 
it'll be another year before it's released (assuming no more setbacks), 
and it'll take at least 4 years for Avalon to be widely distributed enough 
to be usable as a development platform. That's 10 years.

Compared to most industries, 10 years from initial planning to ubiquitous 
distribution is absolutely amazing. In some industries it can take 50+ 
years to go from R&D to widely used product.

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