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Re: [whatwg] Features for responsive Web design

From: Glenn Maynard <glenn@zewt.org>
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012 20:24:10 -0500
Message-ID: <CABirCh-O2rdP5VDNuCf1ybRakzWqOz0i5499hOQHSqfTAa0NdQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Nils Dagsson Moskopp <nils@dieweltistgarnichtso.net>
Cc: Mathew Marquis <mat@matmarquis.com>, WHATWG List <whatwg@whatwg.org>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, public-respimg@w3.org
On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 7:49 PM, Nils Dagsson Moskopp <
nils@dieweltistgarnichtso.net> wrote:

> Often, solutions that can be considered “simple” for emitters of data
> externalize costs, burdening consumers – especially when “simple”
> prevents using off-the-shelf components like XML parsers (if a site
> returns JSON in a case where ATOM might suffice) or DOM structures.
>

The creators ("emitters") of HTML are predominantly human authors, and the
consumers of HTML are predominantly web browsers.  It's *much* more
important that the format be convenient for authors than for browsers.

Also, experience showed long ago that over-normalizing data in the style of
XML leads to bloated, hard to author, hard to manipulate data.

Usually, data is (way) more often consumed than generated.
>

You're mixing up "number of times consumed" with "number of times someone
writes a parser".  There are an inconceivably larger number of people
authoring HTML than writing HTML parsers.

-- 
Glenn Maynard
Received on Thursday, 6 September 2012 01:24:38 GMT

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