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Re: Action item on syntax-based interoperability

From: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2003 08:56:27 -0400
Message-Id: <p06002001bbbed132d4c3@[]>
To: jon@hackcraft.net, "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>

At 10:42 AM +0100 10/24/03, jon@hackcraft.net wrote:
>>  Application developers have taken years to get CSS sort of vaguely
>>  right, though some have certainly put more effort into it than others.
>>  It's pretty obvious, however, that this isn't an easy task.  DOM interop
>>  has faced similar problems, with similar results.
>Whereas HTML and HTTP are universally supported perfectly?

They're supported far better and much more interoperably with much 
greater success. A large part of that is because not everyone has to 
do the same thing thing with the same syntax. If you send correct 
HTML syntax, pretty much any browser or HTML-aware process can do 
something reasonable with it, where the definition of reasonable of 
course varies to fit local conditions.


   Elliotte Rusty Harold
   Processing XML with Java (Addison-Wesley, 2002)
Received on Friday, 24 October 2003 08:58:16 UTC

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