[whatwg] Inferring rel="feed" from the media type
James M Snell
jasnell at gmail.com
Wed Nov 29 20:02:07 PST 2006
Ok, so quick question that will clear things up significantly for me:
Is HTML5 intended to be a description of the Way Things Are or a
description of the Way Things Ought To Be?
If the former, then folks who want to change the status quo have no
other option than to pursue the development of a separate specification
and hope that folks will pick it up.
Is that an accurate statement?
Ian Hickson wrote:
> It's widespread _today_, such that UAs today can't change their behaviour.
> Thus we can't change the spec today.
> If you reduced the volume of such usage, then it would be worth
> revisiting, but unless that happens, we're merely talking hypotheticals.
> Personally I wouldn't be optimistic about the ability to change the legacy
> data; historically it has not been possible. I don't really know of any
> successful attempt, to the point where browsers historically have even
> tried using different processing modes -- the whole quirks mode thing --
> to get around legacy content incompatible with the specifications.
>> Are you able to analyze what proportion of those pages are hosted by the
>> top, say, 10 hosters?
> Not from my current data set, no.
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