[whatwg] Web Forms 2.0 - what does it extend , definition of same,relation to XForms, implementation reqs.

Håkon Wium Lie howcome at opera.com
Sun Jan 9 14:42:04 PST 2005

Also sprach Bill McCoy:

 > I happen to believe that "Street HTML"
 > just won't cut it for building rich interactive clients that are highly
 > usable

Neither do I. Street HTML is a slightly humorous term we use at Opera
to describe the mess we wade through. We don't encourage it, nor
propose to build web applications on it. Indeed, our efforts in WHAT
WG is meant to ensure that tomorrow's applications are *not* written
in an undefined dialect.

I do think, however, that we will always have to deal with invalid
markup/code on the web. Efforts to start again with clean sheets (no
pun there) have failed. For example, you find lots of invalid
documents that claim to be WML and XHTML out there. XML's draconian
"stop-processing!" rule does not mix well with the natural laziness of
authors or the last-minute quick fix required by their managers.
Instead of imposing a draconian rule, I think it's better to define the
behavior. For example, when should the parser bail out and where
should it resume? I believe it is easier to deploy new formats which
has such rules in place and this is probably one reason why authors
are resisting new XML-based formats.

              Håkon Wium Lie                          CTO °þe®ª
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