[whatwg] RE: Degrading of web applications

Jim Ley jim.ley at gmail.com
Wed Sep 8 10:12:17 PDT 2004

On Wed, 8 Sep 2004 16:51:15 +0930, Chris Were <chris.were at gmail.com> wrote:
> There are two ways to think of web applications - the traditional
> click-load-click-load model or a _new_ completely dynamic page
> (application) through JS/CSS/DOM. The latter approach is new (although
> using existing technology from roughly IE5.5+) and requires no
> degradation.

I don't agree it's new in the slightest as you note it's been trivial
since IE5.5, and has possibly been going on longer depending on
exactly what you mean - what you don't explain though is why that
model requires no degradation - what's the difference?

>[...] defining what a web
> application is now and what it could be in the future (which from what
> I see you all appear to be doing a damn good job at)

The entire WHAT-WG premis is based on degradation, there's no need or
point to any of the WHAT-WG stuff if works with IE6 is not a


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