Re: A Compromise to the Versioning Debate

Mihai Sucan wrote:
> While I personally want a switch like this "always standards-mode", I 
> don't agree with the assumption "we are competent enough to make 
> informed decisions for ourselves".
> [..] The majority of web developers working in companies *will* make 
> use of this switch unknowingly of the consequences, and then they'll 
> blame IE [n] for breaking their pages (because they relied on some old 
> bugs).

To find themselves in this situation, they must first explicitly opt-in 
to HTML5 standards mode with <!DOCTYPE html>.  When IE9 comes out and 
perhaps breaks their sites, they can then add the IE8 mode switch.  If 
they were competent enough to find out about <!DOCTYPE html> they should 
be competent enough to find the mode switch if hand coding.  I would not 
expect a programmer to program Java without referring to the API, so I 
don't see why we expect people hand-coding HTML not to refer to the 
spec.  For those that don't hand code their HTML, it is important that 
tools vendors expose this option.

However we handle the opt-in situation, it does require some knowledge 
from the author, and so long as this feature is clearly and prominently 
documented (both in the spec and in tutorials, web developer sites and 
tools) I don't think it is outlandish to expect authors to know this.

I hope I do not appear elitist.  I am not trying to be, but I don't 
think it is unreasonable to expect people to have to refer to the spec,


Received on Sunday, 15 April 2007 09:44:39 UTC