What's the alternative ?
Posted Dec 14, 2007 23:24 UTC (Fri) by khim
In reply to: Ultimately...
Parent article: Specifying codecs for the web
HTTP and HTML can only be replaced if there are better alternative. When such alternative will exist your points will be valid. May be. May be not - depends on the alternative. Right now situation with HTML looks like situation with C++ in ninetees: huge mess of incompatible implementation, strange extensions, etc. A lot of guys sai back then that C++ is near the end of it's life and we will stop using C++ in a few years. Guess what: C++ was standartized, incompatibilties mostly fixed and today it's still one of the most popular languages. Why do you think it's impossible to do the same with HTML ?
Oh and the same problem as with HTML exist with C++ too: there are exactly zero 100% standard compliant compilers! It does not matter in practice: incompatibilities are in small corners of language which can be easily avoided...
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