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Re: Proposed Design Principles review

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 02:47:26 +0000 (UTC)
To: Dannii <curiousdannii@gmail.com>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0704270243510.71@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Fri, 27 Apr 2007, Dannii wrote:
> Do we want to not break conforming pages only, or all pages? I think it 
> should say that we should only attempt to prevent breaking good pages.

According to a study I did last September, about 93% of pages on the Web 
are non-conforming at a purely syntactic level. So I think we are forced 
to consider non-conforming pages in our consideration of whether or not we 
can change legacy page renderings.

Consider that microsoft.com, google.com, and cnn.com are all 
non-conforming today. I don't think we could even consider a change that 
made browsers change their renderings of those pages.

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