[whatwg] One document or two?

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Wed Jul 15 01:02:23 PDT 2009

On Wed, 24 Jun 2009, Aryeh Gregor wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 3:15 AM, Ian Hickson<ian at hixie.ch> wrote:
> > I don't think alternative style sheets are evil; in fact, they seem to be
> > quite within the architecture of the Web. Surely you don't think that,
> > e.g., GMail is evil for having the same URL for whether your contact list
> > is hidden or expanded.
> I can't give other people links to my Gmail URLs anyway, since they
> don't know my password (I hope).  On the other hand, if I'm reading
> the author version of HTML 5 and want to quote a portion of it to
> someone with a link, it would be rather confusing if they said "Hey,
> that's not what it says!"

If you're worried that they set their cookie or changed their style sheet 
such that they're hiding the implementor text, then point them to


...when sending them the link.

> Publicly-viewable *documents* -- not necessarily applications which may 
> have no stable state anyway -- whose *contents* -- not UI -- differ as 
> dramatically as this should have different URLs.  That's how documents 
> on the web have always worked, and that's what people expect.

The content doesn't differ, it just has some text hidden on demand.

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