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Re: Comments on HTML WG face to face meetings in France Oct 08

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 09:36:45 -0500
Message-ID: <4922D2FD.2050806@mit.edu>
To: elharo@metalab.unc.edu
CC: public-html <public-html@w3.org>, www-tag@w3.org

Elliotte Harold wrote:
> But who specifies it? My claim is that this decision rests with the 
> consumer and only the consumer. The document producer does not get to 
> tell the consumer how to consume a document.

The document producer has the right (and in fact, the responsibility) to 
uniquely specify what their document means.  What the consumer does with 
that is up to the consumer.

Given document producers that shirk said responsibility (most of them), 
it falls to consumers to have a way to uniquely determine meaning given 
the input.  What they do with it after that point is still up to them. 
A browser may choose to display it (or save it, say), while a search 
engine spider may choose to index it.

-Boris
Received on Tuesday, 18 November 2008 14:41:41 GMT

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