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RE: ISSUE-41/ACTION-97 decentralized-extensibility

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 22:18:57 +0000 (UTC)
To: Tony Ross <tross@microsoft.com>
Cc: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0910222213510.15881@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Thu, 22 Oct 2009, Tony Ross wrote:
> Given some of the comments in this thread, I'd like to step back and try 
> to get consensus on the core problem. Specifically I want to know 
> whether or not the group feels providing some sort of a solution for 
> decentralized extensibility, in particular decentralized extensibility 
> of markup, is important.
> In short, should HTML 5 provide an explicit means for others to define 
> custom elements and attributes within HTML markup?

This is putting the cart before the horse. Before deciding whether we want 
a solution, we need to establish whether we have a problem.

We shouldn't be discussing whether or not people should be able to create 
proprietary (but validating) HTML elements until we have a problem for 
which that is a reasonable solution.

> If we cannot agree on the problem, then debating the technical details 
> of a potential solution is pointless.

Exactly. But decentralized extensibility is not a problem. It's a class of 
solutions. Is there a problem?

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