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Re: Why bother? (was Re: The Semantic Debate)

From: Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com>
Date: Mon, 07 May 2007 19:50:44 +0100
Message-ID: <463F7504.7020505@googlemail.com>
To: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
CC: Nicholas Chase <nchase@earthlink.net>, John Foliot <foliot@wats.ca>, 'Dan Connolly' <connolly@w3.org>, 'Anne van Kesteren' <annevk@opera.com>, www-html@w3.org, public-html@w3.org

Jonas Sicking wrote:
> Nicholas Chase wrote:
>> Having said that, I disagree.  People who want to do things like they 
>> did in HTML4 will just keep using HTML4.  But HTML5 has the potential 
>> to open up a whole NEW way of doing things FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO USE 
>> IT. If HTML5 abandons the constraints that HTML4 puts on it in order 
>> to enable things like easier tool integration, we might actually see 
>> things like older people -- which, by the way, the original HTML 
>> generation is quickly joining the ranks of, BTW -- using tools to 
>> create HTML pages that include intelligence in terms of semantics 
>> (little "s").
> If you want to spec something that isn't just a continuation of HTML4, 
> feel free. Go forth and create something great. But this is not the 
> WG[*] to do it. The folks over at the XHTML2 WG are trying just that, 
> maybe that's the group you should join.

XHTML2 doesn't seem obviously designed to "enable easier tool 
integration". I'm not sure what HTML4 features stand in the way of such 
tool integration.

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis
Received on Monday, 7 May 2007 18:51:19 UTC

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