Well, the new W3C HTML Working Group is slowly getting into gear. It seems as if W3C has learned from past mistakes, since right now the openness surrounding the new WG is commendable. There's a blog for sharing information, anyone can join the mailing list as an Invited Expert, and even if you don't you can still read the list. Good!
Meanwhile I've taken one decision: I will not become a mailing list member. The reason is very simple: too much mail. I was a member of the WHAT-WG mailing list just after its foundation back in 2004. After a few days I started to reconsider because of the staggering list volume. I was never ever going to read all these mails, and I would therefore inevitably miss a few important discussions. Therefore, unsubscribing seemed to be the most honest policy.
The same goes for the new HTML WG list. In the first eight days of April, 375 mails were sent to the list, and I'm very, very certain that I would not have read even a tenth of them if I had been a member. So right now I'm not going to subscribe, and even if I do subscribe later on I'll probably remain a passive member, reading about 1% of the mails and commenting on about 10% of the mails I read.
Unfortunately that means I won't be able to defend a few changes I'd like to see implemented in HTML. The next best thing is publishing them here, so that's what I'm going to do.
onkeypressor any other event handler in our HTML. This is a logical effect of the separation of structure and behavior I've been defending for the past three years.
relfor this job, but a formal, specified attribute that's meant to store script data seems like the royal way to go.
<note>element for marking up notes. I never really understood why a markup language originally developed for publishing scientific articles lacks such an element.
Those are my wishes for HTML 5. Maybe I'll extend this list later on. For now I hope that someone reads this entry and decides to defend my proposals, even though I myself will remain scandalously passive for the time being.
I’ll be around at the following conferences:
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