[whatwg] Re: several messages

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Fri Feb 4 07:20:18 PST 2005

On Thu, 3 Feb 2005, Matthew Raymond wrote:
> On a slightly unrelated note, I just realized a short time ago that the 
> Microsoft sabotage scenario could happen just as easily if <idate>, or 
> any part of it, were left out of the spec as it would be if it were 
> included as-is. All Microsoft would have to do is implement flawed 
> non-inheritance support (to mess up my version of <idate>), or implement 
> my version in its entirety for either Ian's position or yours. So I 
> don't think manipulating the markup is going to keep Microsoft from 
> screwing us if it so desires...

The odds of anyone intentionally "sabotaging" a standard or proposal in 
this way is basically zero, and not really worth any thought, IMHO.

As far as I am aware, every occurance of a "sabotage" in the Web world in 
the past 15 years has been due to misunderstandings, an accident, 
oversight, or plain stupidity, and none were intentional or malicious.

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