[whatwg] Removing versioning from HTML

Adam Shannon ashannon1000 at gmail.com
Sun Aug 9 09:29:13 PDT 2009

On Sun, Aug 9, 2009 at 11:10 AM, Aaron Boodman <aa at google.com> wrote:

> [If this has been discussed before, feel free to just point me there]
> I frequently see the comment on this list and in other forums that
> something is "too late" for HTML5, and therefore discussion should be
> deferred.
> I would like to propose that we get rid of the concepts of "versions"
> altogether from HTML. In reality, nobody supports all of HTML5. Each
> vendor supports a slightly different subset of the spec, along with
> some features that are outside the spec.
> This seems OK to me. Instead of insisting that a particular version of
> HTML is a monolithic unit that must be implemented in its entirety, we
> could have each feature (or logical group of features) spun off into
> its own small spec. We're already doing this a bit with things like
> Web Workers, but I don't see why we don't just do it for everything.
> Just as they do now, vendors would decide at the end of the day which
> features they would implement and which they would not. But we should
> never have to say that "the spec is too big". If somebody is
> interested in exploring an idea, they should be able to just start
> doing that.
> - a

If we never cut things off then the spec will really never be finished
before 2020.  I agree that somethings can be reopened but there are also
some which have been resolved and any new discussions are coming a year++

- Adam Shannon ( http://ashannon.us )
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