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Re: Why polyglot is needed

From: Eric J. Bowman <eric@bisonsystems.net>
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2013 00:04:53 -0600
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Cc: "Henry S. Thompson" <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>, www-tag@w3.org
Message-Id: <20130326000453.70de405441820e38be28103b@bisonsystems.net>
Henri Sivonen wrote:
> 
> If you want to re-ingest into your workflow as XML the same bytes that
> you are forced to publish as HTML, then you have a polyglot use case,
> but stipulating that they have to be the same bytes is a self-imposed
> constraint.
>

For some.  For others, it's a solution waiting to be discovered, when
painted into a corner by decisions outside the developer's control.
Which they won't discover, if nobody tells them it's a legitimate part
of the architecture.

>
> I'm against presenting the case as something that should have general
> (as opposed to special-case) utility and tool support, which is what
> publication by the W3C would look like.
> 

Not publishing could lead developers to major code redesign, when all
they really need to fix is output markup.  It would be nice for the
developer who points this out, to have a normative reference as backup
for confirming orthodoxy.

-Eric
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