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

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 11:26:30 +0000 (UTC)
To: Orion Adrian <orion.adrian@gmail.com>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0506301124320.7173@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Thu, 30 Jun 2005, Orion Adrian wrote:
> One small problem. No one implemented CSS 2.0. No one really even 
> implemented all of 1.0. My guess given those two data points: no one 
> will fully implement 2.1.

What parts of CSS1 are not implemented by Mozilla, Opera, and Safari?

The intent is certainly two have multiple complete implementations of 
CSS2.1 in due course.

> Maybe it's because I'm a usability guy, but I think try-out/revise would 
> be a better model for the development of these languages. Now you're 
> going to say that that's what you do, but I'm not talking about the spec 
> implementors. I'm talking about the language consumers. You have to look 
> to people who aren't familiar with the spec and the spec's inner 
> workings to try the thing out. Observe where they have trouble and then 
> fix it.

As you say, I'm going to say that we do. There's a limit to how many 
changes can be made, though, without breaking existing sites (those that 
were written based on the previous version). And we cannot do that.

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