[whatwg] More template feedback

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Fri Apr 24 16:00:36 PDT 2009

On Fri, 5 Dec 2008, Erik Wilde wrote:
> i think by looking at the decisions what to focus on and what to add to 
> html5, it is fair to say that the current html5 spec mostly focuses on 
> making the web a better place for browser-based applications. which is 
> an important and worthwhile thing to do, but it really has a specific 
> subset of the web in mind, and specific business models, if i dare say 
> so. when thinking of the interests involved, it is apparent that there 
> are more influential entities who are interested in a better web for 
> browser-based applications, whereas there are fewer major voices arguing 
> for the web becoming a better large-scale information system, because 
> this interest is not so much coupled with direct business interests of 
> any major player.

That is indeed the focus; in fact what is now the HTML5 spec was 
originally called "Web Applications 1.0".

> personally, i think it is unfortunate that this almost inevitably 
> undervalues the benefits of turning the web into a better information 
> system (and not just a better ajax platform), and i am wondering how the 
> html5 process could be tweaked to be a bit better balanced between these 
> two issues.

HTML4 was focused on a better information system, at the cost of Web apps. 
HTML5 is just redressing the balance. I imagine going forward that both of 
these, along with other use cases, will be handled equally.

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