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RE: TWO Change proposals for ISSUE-41 : Distributed Extensibility

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 04:08:23 +0000 (UTC)
To: "Ennals, Robert" <robert.ennals@intel.com>
Cc: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, HTMLwg <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1003170303020.10462@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Tue, 16 Mar 2010, Ennals, Robert wrote:
> I outlined several such problem statements in my proposals. In 
> particular:
> It is often useful for people to define extensions to HTML.

On the contrary, it's rather rare, as far as I can tell.

> These may be vendor-specific experiments for features that may 
> eventually get folded into the main HTML spec. They may be 
> enterprise-specific extensions that would be of little use for general 
> HTML. They may be community-specific features that are useful to too few 
> people to make sense as part of the core spec. They may be experiments 
> by a relatively obscure group on top of a patched open source browser 
> that turn out to work well and get adopted by a vendor.

The above isn't a problem statement, since all of the above happens today. 
What is the problem with the status quo?

Is this the problem?: "People who want to invent non-standard proprietary 
extensions to HTML for private use or for experimental use do not 
currently have guidelines describing a convention they can use to do so in 
a manner that reduces the risk of such extensions causing problems with 
future development of HTML itself."

> I think there is value in allowing people to experiment with extensions 
> such as SVG, MathML, FBML, 3D, Canvas, etc, without having to wait for 
> the HTML WG to merge such specs into the HTML standard.

People have been doing that (with all five!). Where's the problem?

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