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[Bug 19999] New: resolve normative MIMESNIFF reference to a "Living Standard"

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Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2012 20:07:58 +0000
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https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=19999

          Priority: P2
            Bug ID: 19999
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org
          Assignee: dave.null@w3.org
           Summary: resolve normative MIMESNIFF reference to a "Living
                    Standard"
        QA Contact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
          Severity: normal
    Classification: Unclassified
                OS: Windows NT
          Reporter: lmm@acm.org
          Hardware: PC
            Status: NEW
           Version: unspecified
         Component: HTML5 spec
           Product: HTML WG

A stable specification like W3C HTML5 should not have normative
mandatory-to-implement references to other specifications where the references
are undated, as reviews, interoperability testing, legal contracts, test
suites, conformance cannot be reliably be performed with consistent results.

For the [MIMESNIFF] reference, my preferred resolution of this bug would be to
make the [MIMESNIFF] reference advisory and informative rather than normative,
e.g., referenced as a security consideration.

An alternative would be to create a W3C snapshot of some draft of
mimesniff.spec.whatwg.org and make a normative reference to _that_.

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