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Re: The harm that can come if the W3C supports publication of competing specs

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 10:40:29 -0800
Cc: Philip Jägenstedt <philipj@opera.com>, HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-Id: <344ECC5D-1BD2-4161-81BF-DDF63CA066E6@apple.com>
To: Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>

On Jan 16, 2010, at 9:47 , Shelley Powers wrote:

> On Sat, Jan 16, 2010 at 11:08 AM, Philip Jägenstedt <philipj@opera.com> wrote:
>> On Sat, 16 Jan 2010 17:06:18 +0100, Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> I do not work for an implementor, which seems to imbue one with super
>>> human markup skills, so you'll have to excuse me if what I perceive
>>> support for competing standards by the same standards organization
>>> seems to me to be, well, forgive my frankness, the dumbest thing the
>>> W3C has done since blink.
>> The only reasonable alternative is to publish no standard at all.
> No, the only reasonable alternative is for the W3C to continue the
> path it has begun many years ago.

I have been with standards groups and trade associations (and indeed, companies) that have refused to do B because it would overlap with, or 'cannibalize' A, even when there was demand and support for B.  Refusing to do B has always been a mistake, I'm afraid, no matter how good A is.

I take no position on whether RDFa and Microdata are, in fact, in conflict, or overlap, or whether either or both are, in fact, good ideas or in demand.  I merely note that I doubt the basis of the argument.

David Singer
Multimedia and Software Standards, Apple Inc.
Received on Saturday, 16 January 2010 18:41:02 UTC

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