February 22, 2009

HTML 5 Reality

Great quote from Ian Hick­son dur­ing the dis­cus­sion on Rob Sayre’s reduced-scope spec:

> You’re the dic­ta­tor. Am I read­ing the WHATWG process wrong?

Appar­ent­ly. A dic­ta­tor, by def­i­n­i­tion, has total pow­er. I have near­ly no pow­er; I am con­trained by lega­cy con­tent, by the whims of imple­men­ta­tors, by ratio­nal and log­i­cal argu­ment, by the needs of authors and users, and by research.

On anoth­er note, Anne van Kesteren links to an awe­some CSS thread which pro­vides much oppor­tu­ni­ty for facepalm­ing to any prag­ma­tists reading.

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