[whatwg] Web Forms 2.0 - what does it extend , definition of same,

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Wed Jan 19 05:55:30 PST 2005

On Tue, 11 Jan 2005, James Graham wrote:
> > 
> > The ideal is both, users with different needs have big problems using 
> > generic UA's by providing semantic mark-up, it's trivial to create new 
> > views on the same data - think how easy Mathew Somervilles Accessible 
> > Odeon scraping would've been had they based their system on iCal.
> Indeed. They could have used HTML 4's <link rel="alternate"> to point to 
> the iCal data from the HTML page. Sadly, the convenience of building up 
> HTML directly from the underlying database (not to mention the 
> incompetence of Odeon) meant they didn't feel the need to insert an 
> extra layer of abstraction between their db and the web page.

Note the current (work in progress) proposal to allow iCal content to be 
mechanically integrated into HTML documents in a backwards-compatible 


> Sure I would like it it everyone communicated everything freely using 
> standard languages correctly. Realistically, it isn't going to happen.

Sad to say, but you're right.

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