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From: James Graham <jg307@cam.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2008 17:05:15 +0000
Message-ID: <47B1D1CB.5060205@cam.ac.uk>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
CC: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>

Julian Reschke wrote:
> Ian Hickson wrote:
>>>> Yes, absolutely. Indeed it's one of our principles:
>>>> http://www.w3.org/TR/html-design-principles/#priority-of-constituencies
>>>> Interoperability and compatibility with existing deployed servers is 
>>>> orders of magnitude more important to me than pedantic compliance to 
>>>> other specifications. Specifications exist to help move civilisation 
>>>> forward, not to provide arbitrary restrictions on progress. When a 
>>>> specification gets in the way of improving the Web, it should be 
>>>> changed or displaced.
>>> I think you're reading something into the design principle it doesn't 
>>> say.
>> Well, that's what I meant when I contributed to that principle, so if 
>> it doesn't convey that to you, then it should be edited to make that 
>> clearer.
> OK,
> so let's try to clarify this one. Does this design principle justify 
> being non-compliant with base specifications, in order to somewhat 
> reduce implementation complexity?

I think it justifies changing base specs (which is generally a pain for spec 
writers) where such changes have a net benefit for the other communities (users, 
authors, implementors).

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