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Re: Support Existing Content

From: Smylers <Smylers@stripey.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 13:13:08 +0100
To: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <20070427121308.GA2002@stripey.com>

Gareth Hay writes:

> I don't understand the issue.
> Surely any browser manufacturer is always going to have a mode that  
> will render older pages.

A new browser manufacturer, starting from scratch, is not going to
already have a mode that renders existing pages.

> What is preventing them having an HTML5 mode, which may or may not  
> build upon their previous engine.

Nothing -- the new manufacturer can implement an HTML5 mode, following
the spec.  But at that point, the browser could fail to render most of
today's web content -- because most of the current content was written
without knowledge of HTML5, and indeed without following any spec at

But if the HTML5 spec encompasses existing web content, specifying what
browsers should do with it, then a new manufacturer following the HTML5
spec will have created something which also copes with existing web

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