kaled - 8:19 pm on Jan 24, 2011 (gmt 0)
So, what you are saying is...
HTML(5) has become so ludicrously overblown, it is unreasonable to expect browser writers to implement all of it, instead they should be encouraged to think of it as a pick-and-mix and just implements the bits they think are cool.
Can anyone offer up the name of a standards organisation that has suggested something similar. Where would we be if digital TV had gone this route, USB devices, HTTP, or TCP/IP, etc?
If this is a good idea, I'm living in the twilight zone.
Perhaps if HTML(5) has become so overblown, the answer is to cut it back to what is needed rather than simply keep adding useless features that no one is ever going to implement because no one is ever going to use because no one is going to implement it because they can still claim to be standards compliant without bothering.
When I was at university, the ultimate insult you could throw at a computer language was to say it was designed by a committee - it's so true, so very very true.
The only good thing you can say about this policy is, the browser manufactures will have to form their own standards organisation. Clearly, it can't happen a day too soon. In the same way that XHTML looks like vanishing, perhaps HTML5 will vanish in favour of HTML 4.5 - let's be realistic, there aren't really many new features that are truly needed - a sensible spec could be thrashed out in a few days.