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- From: David Brownell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Mark Birbeck <Mark.Birbeck@iedigital.net>
- Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1999 09:38:21 -0700
Mark Birbeck wrote:
> 6. There are three variants of HTML 4.0 so we need three variants
> of 'HTML 4.0 as XML' (let's call it XHTML).
Isn't that assertion pretty core to this debate? That is, it's
not a generally accepted assumption.
Lots of people think of HTML as _one_ vocabulary, where you'll
avoid certain words (some even have four letters :-) to fit into
certain subsets (e.g. "strict" ~= "NC-17", "HTML 3.2" ~= "PG-13").
This is the "commonality" argument -- we're striving for common
vocabularies and reuse, broadening markets not restricting them,
making software general purpose (while allowing specialization
in those few cases it's needed).
Oh, there's also a major procedural issue too: discussions about
technical issues, such as the one above, were discarded by the
sudden appearance of a major directional change, one week ago, in
a draft called "PR" despite having such a controversial change.
That's the whole "W3C isn't being fair with the web community"
set of issues -- autocratic behavior clearly on the rise.
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