Re: [October, 2006] Tim Berners-Lee: the attempt to getthe wo
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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