By Noah | September 29, 2010
Little of this is new. Doug has said these things before, and he does acknowledge that, security aside, the new HTML5 features will be valuable. Nonetheless, his conclusion is:
HTML5 has a lot of momentum and appears to be doomed to succeed. I think the wiser course is to get it right first. We have learned the hard way that once an error gets into a web standard, it is really hard to get it out.
Striking the right balance will be very difficult in practice. There’s a huge investment in HTML5 at this point, and slowing down to revisit security will be difficult. I think Doug’s right that it’s an option that deserves very serious and sober consideration.
By the way, I picked up on this article from a posting by Dan Connolly, who adds some interesting musings and a bit of history.