Re: Request to publish HTML+RDFa (draft 3) as FPWD

On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 12:31 AM, Julian Reschke <> wrote:
> Henri Sivonen wrote:
>> On Sep 22, 2009, at 01:17, Shane McCarron wrote:
>>> So my first reaction is "don't do that".
>> By the HTML WG's Design Principles, error handling needs to be defined.
>> It's not good enough to say that it's an error, so don't do that.
> The design principles also say "pave the cowpaths", yet HTML5 defines an
> entirely new syntax.
> So citing the principles doesn't seem to be productive here.

Isn't paving cowpaths *exactly* what we're doing here? HTML5 describes
the syntax used for the billions of HTML documents browsed by people
every day better than any other specification draft I've ever seen.
And I've worked decently closely with the HTML parser in Gecko for
many years now.

For the first time ever there is actually a document which we can
check our implementation against and fix bugs, rather than having to
guess what most pages expect.

If that's not paving a cowpath then I guess we have a different
understanding of that principle.

Additionally, I don't understand your logic that if we in some part of
the spec had decided not to follow a principle (which I maintain isn't
the case here), then we should throw out an entirely different
principle in an entirely different context?

/ Jonas

Received on Tuesday, 22 September 2009 08:14:23 UTC