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Re: A CSS equivalent of HTML's DOCTYPE trigger

From: Lea Verou <leaverou@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2012 18:30:40 +0200
Message-ID: <4F0C67B0.3050301@gmail.com>
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
CC: Matthew Wilcox <elvendil@gmail.com>, "www-style@w3.org Style" <www-style@w3.org>
On 10/1/12 04:00, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
> Doctype switching isn't really a "useful" property. We employed it as 
> a last resort to help with compat in the bad old days of IE 
> domination, when there was a major irreconcilable difference between 
> what IE did and what the specs wanted. If the modern WG was 
> transported back to that time we probably wouldn't have done it - more 
> likely, we'd have adopted IE's box model and added the box-sizing 
> property earlier. Similarly, here, if we find parts of text layout 
> that we want to change, we'll just add properties to allow changing 
> it. If it ends up being unfixable, we can make a new layout mode that 
> does things right. There's no reason to reach for the nuclear option 
> of a version switch. ~TJ 
I think you’re underestimating the number of compromises we've had to do 
over the years for backwards compatibility. I can't count the number of 
times I've read "that would be a good idea, but would break existing 
websites" in www-style threads.

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Lea Verou (http://lea.verou.me | @LeaVerou)
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