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Re: An HTML language specification

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 15:33:57 -0800
To: Philip TAYLOR <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk> (Ret'd)
Cc: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-id: <5134A1CD-193F-4203-90A3-AB14B4E41D1A@apple.com>

On Nov 21, 2008, at 11:57 AM, Philip TAYLOR (Ret'd) wrote:

> Boris Zbarsky wrote:
>> Odd.  I could have sworn that there were people (NOT Maciej, mind  
>> you, so I'm not sure why you're attacking him on this issue)
> I'm not /attacking/ anybody !  I just felt that to
> refer to the idea of "delegating" a definition
> to prose (or "relegating" it, for that matter) was
> putting a slant on it that was unjustified.  If
> Maciej had used more neutral language in the first
> please, I probably would not even have commented on
> his message.

To the best of my understanding, "delegate" carries no negative  
connotation". I meant it roughly in sense 5 from <http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/delegate 
 >: "5. to commit (powers, functions, etc.) to another as agent or  
deputy". It is generally considered a virtue to delegate  
appropriately, and a vice to delegate inappropriately.

I think you may have read a negative connotation into my statement  
because of the similarity to the word "relegate", which means things  
such as "to send into exile" or "to assign to a place of  
insignificance or of oblivion". But "delegate" does not mean anything  
like that.

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