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Re: New issue: error recovery practices (Re: Proposed TAG Finding: Internet Media Type registration, consistency of use)

From: Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Date: 31 May 2002 15:57:08 -0400
To: "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1022875028.1206.29.camel@localhost.localdomain>

So effectively I _think_ you're agreeing that specifications by
themselves are more or less useless without requiring conformance from
the implementations whose results _are_ the specification as far as most
users and developers are concerned.

On Fri, 2002-05-31 at 15:24, Keith Moore wrote:
> 
> > And could that perhaps be because they count on the browser to cover for
> > whatever mistakes they happen to make?  That is an experience browsers
> > reinforce constantly.
> 
> I think it's more like "the browser effectively defines the HTML language,
> getting the right result with a browser is more important than doing what
> is right according to the spec, and beyond what is needed to make things
> work with the browser, fixing things to conform to the spec doesn't do 
> anything obvious to improve the user's experience or the site's effectiveness.
> 
> (to me it hinges on "anything obvious..." - the web site designer/maintainer
> doesn't know the degree to which he's hurting himself by generating
> noncomforming pages or using nonstandard extensions)
> 
> Keith
> 
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