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Re: algorithmic normative conformance requirements, design principles, etc.

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2009 20:30:38 -0400
Message-ID: <4A1DDB2E.2050108@mit.edu>
To: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
CC: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Larry Masinter wrote:
> Specifying conservative authoring behavior at the same time encouraging
> liberal reader behavior is the primary method by which standards writers
> address those real concerns.

This works well if the authors are sophisticated enough to be aware of 
the specification.  In practice, that's not the case with HTML.

That said, the current draft does in fact impose all sorts of 
requirements on authors while defining what UAs should do if authors 
violate those requirements.  So I'm not sure what we're actually 
discussing here....

Received on Thursday, 28 May 2009 00:31:22 UTC

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