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Subject: RE: [docbook-apps] Re: html 5, as a target

Larry Garfield [mailto:larry@garfieldtech.com] wrote:

> That varies widely depending on your market.  The main site I use DocBook
> for
> is 50% Firefox users and less than 2% IE 6; A few months ago I officially
> announced that our software doesn't care about IE 6 any more, and I'm not
> really going to bother with IE 7, either.  That user base is using almost
> entirely modern browsers.
> Meanwhile, South Korea is stuck on IE 6 because of all the IE 6-specific
> ActiveX in government and banking web sites.  It varies super widely, even
> though Microsoft would love for IE 6 to die, too.  We're talking about a
> decade-old browser. :-)
> You make a valid point that many HTML 5 features are not well supported by
> the
> existing install base... yet.  There's a chicken and egg question there as
> there always is with a new technology.

Microsoft support for Windows XP (which includes IE 6) isn't scheduled to fully expire until 2014, so I'd say it's a pretty safe bet that there will be some people running IE 6 at least until then--and probably well beyond. I say "isn't scheduled" to expire because it wasn't long ago that Microsoft extended support for Windows 98 by a couple of years due to the outcry from corporations still using it.

The HTML5 specification isn't scheduled to become a recommendation until 2022.

So HTML5 as a replacement for the current HTML output types certainly does not appear to be a viable option for quite some time to come. But assuming no major upsets, it *will* come. The only question is when it will become real enough that it makes sense to start doing significant work on it. I'm not sure we've reached that point yet.

Rob Cavicchio
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