RE: Doctypes and the dialects of HTML 5

Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> >  While your reply was actually very helpful to me, I'd
> > like to bring up a point. The approach you describe is
> > evidently a good and proper approach taken by very
> > seasoned standards professionals.
> > 
> > However, my understanding was that the W3C wanted to
> > open this up to people using HTML in the real world in
> > order to get better perspective on issues. The approach
> > of requiring a well defined use-case prior to
> > discussion very much discourages brainstorming. I
> > believe that if you attack every idea with a rigid
> > methodology even before is can be discussed it will
> > have a chilling effect on discussion and it will stifle
> > innovation.
> > 
> > On the other hand, if I misunderstood the intent of the
> > W3C opening up the debate to "ordinary web developers"
> > then forgive me for misunderstanding.
> > 
> Probably the best way to inject ideas, if one is not an
> expert on standards work, is to raise use cases and
> problems they would face in the current spec, rather than
> to jump straight to solutions.

Thank you for your comment. Please understand though that it appears you
misunderstood the point of my comment. Your response addressed how newer
people to the process can present things to make it easier on the
experienced people. I already thanked Lachlan for enlightening me on that

My reply however was addressing the tone of response that informs newer
people that their input is not appreciated unless it is in strict adherence.
I believe this will stifle involvement of people who can contribute greatly
to innovation but who probably won't continue to contribute if their receive
dismissive responses in exchange for their participation.

-Mike Schinkel -

Received on Monday, 26 March 2007 03:27:33 UTC