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[Bug 9969] The polyglot publication implies it is normative

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--- Comment #1 from Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>  2010-07-28 14:53:14 ---
The risk of having this document published as normative is that it has a
serious risk of stating conflicting requirements with regards to the actual
requirements defined in the HTML5 and XML family of specifications.

A good example of this is the current drafts incorrect requirement for
lowercase attribute values.  Another is the incorrect permission to use
alternative XHTML DOCTYPEs, beyond those considered obsolete but permitted in
HTML5.  The risk of such mistakes slipping through the cracks, leading to a
situation where neither document can claim authority over the other, is just
too problematic and should be avoided.

There are other cases claiming normativity is a problem even without a specific
conflict, like with the stated requirement for explicit tbody tags, even though
the content model of table permits tr as a child without tbody.  The document
should instead note the syntactic discrepancy between HTML and XHTML and
recommend that authors do include the tbody tags, but without attempting to
impose a largely inconsequential normative authoring requirement.

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