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Re: Support Existing Content (was: Proposed Design Principles review)

From: Gareth Hay <gazhay@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 16:49:53 +0100
Message-Id: <8C26F5FA-9E41-4C96-A0EC-9BB7A0C73BE3@gmail.com>
Cc: Murray Maloney <murray@muzmo.com>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
To: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>

On 30 Apr 2007, at 16:31, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:

>> No reluctance to acknowledge that browsers exist. That would be an  
>> absurd
>> and extreme position. However, I would prefer to maintain a layer  
>> of abstraction
>> between the language and the human being. I think that it is  
>> possible to describe
>> what you mean with respect to preserving the existing meaning of  
>> extant HTML
>> without resorting to descriptions that are based on browser  
>> behaviour and performance.
> The problem is, the expected presentation of extant HTML is de  
> facto defined by existing browsers. So making such an abstraction  
> abstracts away too much. We can't just look at a document in  
> isolation and guess what the author intended without checking how  
> it renders and behaves in browsers (and other user agents).
Isn't the whole idea of the, so-called HTML5, that the page will  
render according to the specification in all browsers?
Received on Monday, 30 April 2007 15:50:03 UTC

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