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Re: Action item on the virtues of error-handling

From: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 08:35:51 -0400
Message-Id: <p06002004bbbc2994645f@[]>
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>, Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org

At 10:56 PM -0400 10/21/03, Dan Connolly wrote:

>I don't think "HTML's must-ignore has been highly successful" is
>self-evident; it has serious drawbacks.

Yes, but it's still obviously successful. Just look at the number of 
deployed HTML pages and tools in the world. As much as I appreciate 
XML's draconian error handling, one must realize that the 
non-draconianess of HTML was a key feature in getting it widely 
adopted by non-programmers, something XML has failed to achieve. I 
doubt the Web could have achieved liftoff if it were weighed down 
with draconian error handling.

   Elliotte Rusty Harold
   Processing XML with Java (Addison-Wesley, 2002)
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