nmix at pandora.com
Thu Sep 11 07:08:18 PDT 2008
On Sep 11, 2008, at 2:39 AM, David-Sarah Hopwood wrote:
> This is why we have an insecure web. This attitude does a disservice
> users. We are language designers; we should design, not roll over to
> accomodate the frightful code of every web developer who exploited
> obscure corner cases in the spec.
Sorry David, but this is exactly backwards. If user Jane, mother of
works, visits a web page that works in browser A but breaks in browser
B, then she'll think browser B is broken, thus she'll see browser B as
an inferior product. This is the competitive force that drives
backward compatibility requirements in the web browser marketplace. I
wouldn't call it "rolling over to accommodate...every web developer,"
it's more of a kind and gracious accommodation of the real customer,
the browser user.
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