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

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2007 23:14:45 +0300
Message-Id: <662C1EC9-484C-4DFA-901E-15CE780C7705@iki.fi>
Cc: www-html@w3.org
To: Patrick H.Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>

On Apr 29, 2007, at 22:26, Patrick H. Lauke wrote:

> Henri Sivonen wrote:
>> HTML has a remarkable large author base that extends beyond markup  
>> purists.
> But does HTML5 have that base? Again, my previous point...the large  
> author base can stick with HTML4.01.

HTML5 does not have that base yet, but to be successful a new version  
of a given technology (in general) has to plug into and leverage the  
network (in the network effect sense) grown around the old version.  
That is, HTML5 should be defined in a way that allows the HTML 4.01  
author base easily become the HTML5 author base. Personally, I think  
it would be a serious design flaw is HTML5 couldn't satisfy the  
authoring use cases of authors who use HTML 4.01 today. What would be  
the point of knowingly designing a new version of HTML for non- 
adoption by the existing author base?

This is like technology strategy 101.

Henri Sivonen
Received on Sunday, 29 April 2007 20:14:50 UTC

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