[html4all] Copy of e-mail to Karl Dubost
Philip Taylor (Webmaster)
P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Mon Sep 17 09:28:52 PDT 2007
Note that Karl unilaterally moved this from WWW-HTML and WWW-XTECH
to WWW-Archive .
> Karl Dubost wrote:
>> Philip Taylor (Webmaster) (17 sept. 2007 - 10:05) :
>>> Karl Dubost wrote:
>>>> [snip]. HTML is th[e] sum of the needs of implementers.
>>> Do you really believe that ? I find it a terribly depressing
>>> possibility, too awful to want to contemplate ...
>> yes. And it is not depressing.
>> A specification is not a white paper on a technology. It is not either
>> Different parties at stake with market needs will negotiate to establish
>> something that is/will be implemented. It is exactly the same for your
>> electrical plug specification, the doors of your building, the ethernet
>> cable specs, etc, etc, etc.
> Right, so where are the "different parties" in your phrase
> "the needs of implementers" ? The only parties I can find
> there are implementors -- what about the needs of
> o consumers
> o designers
> o those with special accessibility needs
> and the vision/advice/expertise of
> o computer scientists
> o human factors engineers
> o psychologists
> o linguists
> and so on. If "HTML is th[e] sum of the needs of implementers",
> then the W3C may as well pack up its bags and close down its
> operation, and hand over all control of the future of HTML
> to the WHAT WG.
> Philip TAYLOR
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