Hixie's Natural Log

2005-02-10 12:25 UTC Why I keep saying backwards compatibility is key

Allow me to a quote paragraph from an e-mail from an average Web developer:

Web developers are going to hate W3C for this, and it's going to make the transition to an xml based internet more difficult. The arguments for such a radical new approach better be good or the new approach will help undermine the authority of the W3C.

Can you guess what he was talking about?

He was in fact asking why the little hack that CSS has for HTML backgrounds, namely that a background on a body element will propagate up to the canvas, has been removed for XHTML, so that in XHTML you have to set the background on the html element instead.

Imagine the kind of reaction authors like this will have when faced with XHTML2, XForms, or RDF...

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