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[whatwg] Using the HTML5 DOCTYPE as a new quirksmode switch

From: Gareth Hay <gazhay@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2007 18:28:47 +0000
Message-ID: <254FB274-2BED-49E4-8FC5-132B034EDF38@gmail.com>

On 12 Mar 2007, at 17:39, Ian Hickson wrote:

>> Any reasonable implementation would have a base rendering engine and
>> then browser differences would extend off of it.  A new version would
>> mean you change only what differs between versions.
> You still end up with dozens of codepaths to test. Testing one  
> browser is
> a near-infinite amount of work, increasing the complexity is not  
> workable.
> Quirks vs Strict has already made the life of Web browser vendors  
> FAR more
> complicated than necessary; adding yet more modes is simply not  
> something
> any sane browser vendor would do.

I completely agree, Mozilla, WebKit, et Al, are *not* going to  
implement something that would make their lives a misery.
They will simply ignore such a spec, and we will be back in the mess  
we started.

Gareth Hay
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