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- From: Gavin Thomas Nicol <email@example.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 22:29:32 -0500
> If we gave Web developers a seat at the table, and listened to them, we'd
> have a much more useful Web.
So who do you think the "experts" represent? I'm sure that
IBM et al. have a few web developers in their back pocket.
> Here's one example. A few years back I asked for an <include> element in
> A trivial thing to implement, it would have allowed the same kind of
> inclusion you get with <img> for arbitrary HTML text snippets.
How would text selection work with this? How about searching
across the page? Should the area be scollable individually?
Perhaps it should have been called <embed> or <object>
> Experts tend to conceive earthquakes when tweaks would do much
> more for us.
Again, I think the mark of a true expert is knowing how much is
just enough. It usually means having a good understanding of
the issues, which all too often is lacking.
Think of the "user" that decided that allowing
<i>This <b>is a</i> hack</b>
would be a good thing. Trivial to implement, and with huge
ramifications that I'm sure the "user" didn't understand.
> You know we have a group of pragmatic Web developers
> ready to review our ideas, we just have to invite them
> in. It's called WSP, the Web Standards Process. I'd
> show something to Jeffrey Zeldman and if he gets it, I'd say
> it's a good thing to do. If he jumps up and down I'd do it immediately.
So are those guys also experts?