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Re: What are the chances of syntax changes?

From: Kevin Mack <kmack418@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:21:43 -0400
Message-ID: <CALvLtk6q-QToYC0rRwkU8gj5m+5uUBiHLnZSp=fEeYTb8rAK+Q@mail.gmail.com>
To: Michael Riethmuller <michael.riethmuller@gmail.com>
Cc: Marcos Caceres <marcos@marcosc.com>, Jason Grigsby <jason@cloudfour.com>, "public-respimg@w3.org" <public-respimg@w3.org>
I'm quite excited to utilize responsive images but I do not see it
replacing every use of `<img />` primarily due to content management and
other reasons. I personally feel that it should be used "when appropriate"
which hasn't been truly defined by anyone yet (to my knowledge). I fear the
"form over function" debate will be increased and there will be a series of
misuse/abuse of @srcset/picture – where images just "change to change".
These are the same concerns related to poorly crafted/designed/developed
RWD systems that are lead by design rather than the content. @Jason, if you
see my point I can start putting a post together or collaborate with you on

This spec was put together as a development solutions and I just hope it
doesn't become just a design solutions O_o

*-Kevin Mack*

On Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 7:48 PM, Michael Riethmuller <
michael.riethmuller@gmail.com> wrote:

> I don't have an insiders perspective on the lifecycle of standards. But
> I'd agree with the statement "once people start using it, it can't
> change". -To be on the safe side I might replace "can't" with
> very unlikely.
> I think history demonstrates that once it is implemented, if it does
> change, it will be a long time before the browsers drop support for the
> depreciated methods.
> To give an example <center> and <font> were depreciated in HTML4 but
> continue to work in the latest versions of most browsers.
> If it does change I'd say companies will have time to adapt.
> Mike
> On Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 8:24 AM, Marcos Caceres <marcos@marcosc.com>
> wrote:
>> On September 11, 2014 at 6:16:12 PM, Jason Grigsby (jason@cloudfour.com)
>> wrote:
>> > >
>> > I'd love to hear from someone with more perspective on the lifecycle
>> > of standards about how confident we should feel that picture
>> > will stay as currently spec'd. Is it common that features like
>> > this get tweaked a little in the future as people start using them
>> > and an oversight is found? Should we still be hedging our bets
>> > a little? Or does it seem extremely unlikely to change at this
>> > point?
>> Once it gets into the wild and people start using it, it can't change.
>> Thems is the golden rule of the Web.
>> Spec is stable and the browsers are coming this month - go forth and
>> <picture> all the things! Make the web beautiful again :)
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