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RE: Versioning and HTML

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2009 19:29:51 +0000 (UTC)
To: Chris Wilson <Chris.Wilson@microsoft.com>
Cc: "www-tag@w3.org WG" <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0904271910410.12381@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Mon, 27 Apr 2009, Chris Wilson wrote:
> 
> [...]

The discussion regarding pre-CR implementations is besides the point, 
since versioning wouldn't help with that problem. There's no version of 
HTML5 or Web Storage that ever included the features for which Microsoft 
committed to using vendor prefixing [1] (despite not actually using it 
when the product was finally shipped), so versioning wouldn't affect how 
they work. There's similarly no version of HTML5 or Web Storage that ever 
included the behaviour IE8 implements [2] with respect to its handling of 
concurrent script execution, so versioning wouldn't help with that either.

In practice, as I've said before, the actual cases where language 
versioning would be a help at all are few and far between; IMHO they are 
rare enough that it is a significantly better use of resources to route 
around these problems on a case-by-case basis.

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html-comments/2008Jun/0020.html
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2009Mar/0574.html

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