Ian Hickson on HTML 5 →
Not that there’s anything weird in Hixie talking about HTML 5, but it’s always interesting to read such interviews with the masterminds behind it all.
HTML 5 to me really stands as the prime example of Postel’s law, maybe aside from The Universal Feed Parser. Can it really come as a surprise that Mark Pilgrim is involved in both?
A particular gem from the piece:
a very difficult balancing act. The users have to come first, with the Web authors a close second, but the problem is that if we ever specify something that the browser vendors disagree with, they will just ignore the specification, and we might as well go home. If we write a specification that is ignored, we’re just fiction writers.
(Via Simon Willison)