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Re: Applying SVG properties to non-SVG content

From: Bert Bos <bert@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 22:59:21 +0200
Message-ID: <487E6129.5060603@w3.org>
To: www-svg <www-svg@w3.org>

Jonathan Chetwynd wrote:
> James, Bert and Doug,
> my take is a fourth way, one not as yet subscribed to by any W3WG
> creating at least one version of each spec that provides for an 
> easy-to-use AT for the average joe.
> no not one mediated by a gynormous hyped corporation, just an average joe.
> rather than a catchall for any developers' fantasy.
> iirc html as originally developed was reasonably successful in this 
> respect, even though the tool aspect is outstanding a decade later....

Absolutely. Both HTML and CSS were designed to be simple and useful, to 
make a lot of information a lot more accessible, but *not* to be the 
single solution for all kinds of information that people might want to 

They are in a way a victim of their own success. So many people know and 
like them, that they want to extend them just a little to include their 
favorite applications. If everybody gets their extensions, we'll end up 
with a system that is far from simple and that could be useful, but 
isn't usable.

Saying "no" is difficult, but necessary. Rather than making a single 
monstrously big language, we design a modular architecture, in which 
CSS, HTML, SVG, PNG, XSL, SMIL and others complement each other and do 
what they are good at.

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