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[Bug 7034] authoring conformance requirements in the spec should either be removed or replaced

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Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2009 17:06:54 +0000
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--- Comment #17 from Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>  2009-06-19 17:06:54 ---
Conformance requirements are always judgment calls. It is contradictory to say
they are not, but instead "careful consideration of what requirements are
optimal" and "mostly reflect best practice", as these both require judgments.
Different constituencies may have different values that they are trying to
maximize ("optimal"), or have different judgments as to the effect of a
requirement against their values.  Different constituencies may consider
different practices to be significant, and have different criteria for what is
"best". Of course there is judgment. We should try to find consensus on
requirements even if there is not consensus on goals.

To address authoring requirements specifically, I suggest spending a little
(limited, please) time on trying to find some agreement on design principles
for authoring conformance requirements.  I know this will be contentious, but
hopefully useful. For example, "allow use of XML downstream processing", "be
compatible not only with HTML5 implementations but also older deployed browsers
such as IE6", "preserve document modularity so that copy/paste is more likely
to be reliable", "be already supported in popular proprietary authoring tools".
(I threw that in for humor.)

If splitting out the authoring requirements into a separate document would then
allow more careful review by the affected communities (mainly non-browser
community consisting of builders of authoring tools, validators,
post-processors, content management systems, template creators, etc. as well as
their significant user communities of web designers, coders, etc.), that would
be very helpful.

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