[whatwg] several messages about HTML5

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis bhawkeslewis at googlemail.com
Wed Feb 21 13:44:55 PST 2007

Elliotte Harold wrote:

> Authorial intent is a myth. 

Presumably you don't mean that authors don't have intents, but rather
than authorial intent is ultimately irrecoverable. That's true, but it's
not necessarily an especially useful truth (in this context). All
communication involves translation, and something invariably gets "lost"
in translation. But if you want to arrive at an approximation of what an
original interlocutor meant (which is what we usually want to do), you
want an interpreter who attempts to capture, however remotely, the
original meaning, not somebody who just makes stuff up. Partial
knowledge is better than no knowledge.

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis

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