So we have in front of us ducks, a duckling and an ugly duckling. The ugly duckling wants to become a swan, of course. Swans are pure, white and beautiful. But they are wild, and trust my left leg, they bite. And nobody eats swans. Ducks are only ducks, very common, less beautiful than swans, but easy to raise and they’re tasteful.
The World Wide Web is about ducks. Not swans. At least for the time being and the near future.
I think we must give the World Wide Web a successor to HTML 4 that is backwards compatible with the Web we see and use today, that spec living in a realistic set of technologies that we are able to deliver.
Not XHTML2 or RDF. And I’m even wondering if namespaces are not harmful.
[Daniel Glazman, W3C Advisory Committee Meeting, Tokyo, Meeting slides and speech.]