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Re: HTML5 script start tag should select appropriate content model according to src

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2007 22:49:20 +1000
Message-ID: <462F4E50.8080603@lachy.id.au>
To: "Philip Taylor (Webmaster)" <P.Taylor@Rhul.Ac.Uk>
CC: www-html@w3.org

Philip Taylor (Webmaster) wrote:
> Lachlan Hunt wrote:
>> Do you realise how much time we would waste by starting with HTML4 
>> and removing/replacing with features from HTML5, just to end up 
>> with a spec equivalent to the HTML5 spec we have now?  A much 
>> better approach would be to start with the much more mature HTML5 
>> spec and raise issues against the specific sections you have 
>> problems with.
> This is a joke, right ?

No, I'm absolutely serious.

> How can you possibly claim that the HTML5 specification is "much more 
> mature" than HTML 4.01, when the latter has existed since 24 December 
> 1999 whilst the former is still no nore than a "work in progress 
> [that] is changing on a daily if not hourly basis" ?

HTML4 was abandoned long before it was interoperably implemented and it 
never will be (at least not in any UAs designed to handle the web). 
Although it is officially a Recommendation, you have understand that 
what was called a Rec back then, is roughly equivalent to what would be 
called a Candidate Recommendation these days.  Yet, had it been 
developed with the same design principles as HTML5 is, I doubt it would 
have even made it to CR.

These are a few of the ways in which HTML5 is more mature than HTML4:

* It already includes most widely used features from HTML4.
* It defines semantics much more clearly than HTML4 did.
* It defines processing models that are compatible with the real world, 
HTML4 does not.
* It defines several widely used features that are widely supported, yet 
previously undocumented.

Lachlan Hunt
Received on Wednesday, 25 April 2007 12:49:35 UTC

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