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Re: version identifiers

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 12:07:12 -0600
To: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
Cc: "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1258654032.3544.575.camel@pav.lan>
On Wed, 2009-08-26 at 15:29 -0700, Larry Masinter wrote:
> (resent to public tag) with regard to ACTION-283 / ISSUE-41
> In the meanwhile, here is the Editor’s Draft
> http://larry.masinter.net/tag-versioning.html

I'm having a hard time getting engaged in this document; it
uses an editorial style that I find off-putting; it
starts with "This document...", which is too self-conscious
for my tastes.

It also presents a list of terms and definitions without
motivating the complexity.

At the risk of beating a dead horse, if we're to work on
versioning, I strongly suggest we approach it as a collection
of patterns, i.e. known problems and solutions
 - when HTML was started, we didn't know which tags we'd ultimately need
  - therefore: ignore unknown tags
  - but: it doesn't always work; see forms, tables
    (perhaps another pattern is the <noscript> alternative pattern)

 - likewise in HTTP
  - but there the solution is to ignore not just the header name
    but the content of the header too

 - the XSLT versioning strategy

 - the COM uuid strategy (mostly for contrast with web techniques)

oops... time for the telcon...

Dan Connolly, W3C http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
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