[whatwg] Legacy alternatives

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu Jul 15 08:25:24 PDT 2004

On Fri, 9 Jul 2004 Critterrathman at aol.com wrote:
> As I understand it, one of the goals of WHATWG is to ensure non-breakage
> on older browsers.  That is, the forms will still function properly,
> sans form and UI enhancements.  Is this a correct understanding on my
> part?

That is the intention.

> The other issue I'd like to put forward is whether we could a
> standardized set of JavaScript that would operate on a legacy browser,
> yet implement some of the ideas present with the forms extensions
> proposed.  Yes, I know it will be a workaround (a hack), but perhaps it
> makes the question of supporting legacy browsers just that much easier
> to undertake - thus increasing the probabilty of success for the new
> standards.

There is the intention of making a compatibility layer for IE6. I don't
think it will be very easy to make compatibility layers for other
browsers, though, since they are not as extensible.

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