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Web standards for tomorrow

From: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 12:18:19 -0400
Message-Id: <6AC0AF64-404B-438F-B942-2B2DED4844A1@w3.org>
Cc: W3C Validator <www-validator@w3.org>, "'public-evangelist@w3.org' w3. org" <public-evangelist@w3.org>
To: L.David Baron <dbaron@dbaron.org>


I'm not sure the question is relevant to www-validator@w3.org, let me  
redirect it to public-evangelist@w3.org

Le 2005-09-21 à 02:39, L. David Baron a écrit :
> The bigger question here, though, is whether Web standards are being
> designed to support the ability to view documents created today  
> decades
> or centuries from now.  Given the rapid production of new  
> standards, the
> low level of concern for making them all work together, the versioning
> strategies fashionable these days, and the insufficient depth of  
> public
> test suite coverage, I think the answer is currently no.

My take on it

I understand and value the fact to have a Web standard which evolves  
smoothly and by steps. Though it's not always desirable or  
practically feasible. I guess it's a question of balance. I think one  
of the major point is that
     it is documented

The fact to have a specification which describe the language as it  
was 10 years ago is important, because it gives the possibility to  
write a tool that will help you to move forward.

I see the versioning as a way to help to identify which  
specifications I have to use to understand this document. The fact  
that there is a player or not for this document is another point.  
It's a bit the same for many things Audio Tape, VHS, movie formats.

The book, paper, etc seems to be for now the way to encode  
information which has last for a very long time. But again I would  
have to moderate this comment, because manuscripts from 300 years ago  
are barely readable when handwritten.

Test Suite Coverage, at least at W3C, it has improved tremendously in  
the last 4 years. It was not part of the culture at the beginning, it  
is now. Look at the Matrix for example.

If you want I could extract the list of all TS.

So I see a lot of improvements.

Karl Dubost - http://www.w3.org/People/karl/
W3C Conformance Manager
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