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Re: Closing out old and "bogus" issues

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 05:33:44 +0000 (UTC)
To: Shawn Medero <shawn@db79.com>
Cc: public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0805230514520.12907@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Thu, 22 May 2008, Shawn Medero wrote:
> 
> Should I go ahead and close these out? Ian's done a damn good job of 
> filing away emails concerning spec minutia and addressing them at later 
> time when he's revisited the relevant portion of the specification.

I haven't done as good a job for public-html mail as for whatwg mail 
(where I guarantee to reply to every actionable e-mail). I do intend to go 
through every issue in the HTML5 product. If you close out an issue on the 
principle that it would be better sent as an e-mail, please do send it as 
an e-mail on the whatwg list so it stays on my radar. :-)


> I do feel like there are larger issues one could glean from some of the 
> ones listed above... they tend to involve grey areas that define the 
> boundaries of the HTML5 spec though. (HTML5 and relation to other 
> specifications... where one begins and the other takes over... though it 
> is rarely that black & white.)

As far as that goes I noticed that most specs seem to shy away from 
overlapping each other, to the extent that there are cracks between the 
specs. With HTML5 I've taken the more bold approach of overstepping the 
obvious bounds, to ensure that nothing can fall through the cracks. If 
there's anything where it actually has gone too far, let me know. I've 
been fine-tuning the overlap recently (e.g. today I tried to reduce the 
overlap with the XML spec a bit).

Overlap isn't a problem really unless the specs contradict each other. 
On the other hand, gaps are a huge problem.

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