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Re: Approved TAG finding: Authoritative Metadata

From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
Date: Tue, 08 Aug 2006 21:13:15 -0700
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com, Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>, www-tag@w3.org
Message-id: <44D960DB.5080200@textuality.com>

Ian Hickson wrote:

> I've been pushing for Web browser vendors to fix this for approximately 
> eight years, roughly half the lifetime of HTTP so far.

There is also a world of Web agents that aren't browsers.  We're working 
through the nits of the first wave of Atom Publishing Protocol 
implementations, and the server is required to different things 
depending on whether you send Atom (application/atom+xml) or something 
else, and this is being done with the Content-Type and works well.

I don't know, a few years back there were lots of people saying, in a 
tone similar to Hixie's, "Give up on that CSS crap, the Web is 
table-driven layouts and <font> tags that's how it's going to be, we've 
tried talking to the browser guys and they won't change."

So I dunno, he might be right, but I don't think the time has come to 
give up on trying to get things to work the way they were designed to 
work. -Tim
Received on Wednesday, 9 August 2006 04:13:41 UTC

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