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Re: version attribute of svg element

From: Dr. Olaf Hoffmann <Dr.O.Hoffmann@gmx.de>
Date: Fri, 08 Apr 2016 23:13:35 +0200
To: www-svg@w3.org
Message-ID: <44249374.uZlQSCLPQI@ap03>
Tab Atkins Jr.:

> > Their meaning is not time dependent.
> 
> In practice, yes, it does change, and yes, it is time-dependent.
> 
> Pretending otherwise does not help the question-asker.  We should not
> give people the false impression that adding a version="1.1" attribute
> to their page will have some effect.
> 
> ~TJ

The attribute does not matter for presentation in current user agents, but
it clearly has a meaning for the document and authors intends and
for archivist in the future, just in case the document survives.
It is always more information about the document as any meta information,
and it is up to future consumers of the document, what to do with it.
Obviously without such an indication, future consumers will have less
information about the intends of the author.
If the intention is to provide so vague tag soup, it is ok not to drop it.
It the document is only for today and it is ensured, that it is removed
from existence tomorrow, the attribute is of no importance.
Else it has some function, but surely not for the rending in known current 
viewers.

Already for HTML5 we have the problem, that authors need to use other formats 
like Dublin Core to indicate, what version they use.
There is no need to have this complication for SVG as well.

And clearly no - authors intends and meaning of documents do not change
due to current interpretations of viewers.
Only authors decide  about intends of their documents, not such viewers or 
implementors of such programs or authors of future versions of a format.

Olaf
Received on Friday, 8 April 2016 21:14:14 UTC

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