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Re: [xml-dev] [October, 2006] Tim Berners-Lee: the attempt to getthe world to switch to XML ... didn't work

HTML was/is kudzu.


Quoting "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>:

> On 4/8/11 7:47 AM, Costello, Roger L. wrote:
>> Hi Folks,
>> I am reading about the history of HTML5. This blog from Tim  
>> Berners-Lee seems to be quite important:
>> http://dig.csail.mit.edu/breadcrumbs/node/166
>> Here's something he states in that blog:
>>     Some things are clearer with hindsight of several years.
>>     It is necessary to evolve HTML incrementally. The attempt
>>     to get the world to switch to XML, including quotes around
>>     attribute values and slashes in empty tags and namespaces
>>     all at once didn't work.
> Yeah, it didn't.  I don't think TimBL ever really "got" XML, though,  
> and it's more than a little amusing to hear him of all people  
> complain that namespaces were a problem for adoption.
> (The HTML5 chairs just agreed to let namespace prefixes survive into  
> HTML5:  
> <http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2011Mar/0689.html>  
> It's notable from an XML perspective that it was an issue.)
> I frequently wish that XML had been standardized some place other  
> than the W3C, which promptly polluted it with weirdly broken if you  
> looked closely URI-based notions from the (useful but different) RDF  
> work its upper folks really cared about.
> I understand quite well, though, that it seemed like the best option  
> at the time.
> -- 
> Simon St.Laurent
> http://simonstl.com/
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