[whatwg] Features for responsive Web design

Glenn Maynard glenn at zewt.org
Wed Sep 5 18:24:10 PDT 2012

On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 7:49 PM, Nils Dagsson Moskopp <
nils at dieweltistgarnichtso.net> wrote:

> Often, solutions that can be considered “simple” for emitters of data
> externalize costs, burdening consumers – especially when “simple”
> prevents using off-the-shelf components like XML parsers (if a site
> returns JSON in a case where ATOM might suffice) or DOM structures.

The creators ("emitters") of HTML are predominantly human authors, and the
consumers of HTML are predominantly web browsers.  It's *much* more
important that the format be convenient for authors than for browsers.

Also, experience showed long ago that over-normalizing data in the style of
XML leads to bloated, hard to author, hard to manipulate data.

Usually, data is (way) more often consumed than generated.

You're mixing up "number of times consumed" with "number of times someone
writes a parser".  There are an inconceivably larger number of people
authoring HTML than writing HTML parsers.

Glenn Maynard

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