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Re: Support Existing Content

From: Terje Bless <link@pobox.com>
Date: Sat, 5 May 2007 15:12:35 +0200
To: public-html@w3.org
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jonas@sicking.cc (Jonas Sicking) wrote:

>However, another effect of draconian error handling is that a lot fewer
>people are able to produce content in the language.

Without making an argument either way in the so-called 
“draconian” issue, the days of the average user editing 
“web pages,” “blogs,” or “sites” in a text editor 
are numbered. The vast majority of the world's population will 
never type in a tag name, much less a pointy bracket, and 
ensuring that the basic syntax is “well formed” is the least 
of problems for an authoring tool.

Thus, the way to lower the barrier for more and more diverse 
content production for the web can equally be argued to lie down 
the road of “draconian error handling” as the opposite.

I might suggest dropping the appellation “draconian” as I 
suspect it only serves to polarize the discussions. There are 
probably good sound middle grounds to these issues along any 
number of axis.

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