Is It Time for a ‘Kinder, Gentler HTML’?

Via the Web 2.0 Journal, a worthy link to Yahoo! Architect and JSON inventor Douglas Crockford’s latest ideas to fix HTML. He’s categorically not a fan of HTML 5, which is still just an Editor’s Draft and not endorsed by W3C yet. Crock puts forward ten ideas that in his view would provide extensibility without complexity, adding that the simplification of HTML he is proposing would reduce the cost of training of web developers and incorporates the best practices of AJAX development. From the article: The problems with HTML will not be solved by making it bigger and more complicated. I think instead we should generalise what it does well, while excising features that are problematic. HTML can be made into a general application delivery format without disrupting its original role as a document format — via Slashdot

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