[whatwg] microformats incompatible with WebApps 1.0 ?

Karl Dubost karl at w3.org
Mon Dec 11 20:56:02 PST 2006

Here, the message is:
    "Yes be absolutely conformant"
    ourselves <--- who?

Le 5 déc. 2006 à 16:02, Ian Hickson a écrit :
>> So if they are just ignored, I guess that leaves full room for  
>> people to
>> extend the document with other attributes.
> Um, no, that would be non-conformant, and would make it extremely  
> hard to
> extend the language ourselves in the future.

Here the message is "yes, force the innovation, once the critical  
mass has been reached, we will have to adapt".

Le 12 déc. 2006 à 13:40, Ian Hickson a écrit :
>> So is the better approach to wait until the issue has created real
>> non-reversable problems and the web is even more Balkanized?
> Yes. That's how technologies evolve and are designed. You let the  
> market
> show you what is needed, then you address it. Addressing problems  
> before
> they exist is a form of premature optimisation and is not a good  
> way to
> design technologies.

Morality: if you are a community with needs, microformats, sw, etc.  
do whatever you want, it doesn't matter that much :) The Web is  
already 97% invalid. It will be more tag soup BUT at least once you  
have reached a critical mass, people will formalized in a specs your  
practices which were once done.

question: why do we create specs?

Karl Dubost - http://www.w3.org/People/karl/
W3C Conformance Manager, QA Activity Lead
   QA Weblog - http://www.w3.org/QA/
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