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ISSUE-77 (Deprecate/Obsolete): Obsolete but Conforming [HTML 5 spec]

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ISSUE-77 (Deprecate/Obsolete): Obsolete but Conforming [HTML 5 spec]

http://www.w3.org/html/wg/tracker/issues/77

Raised by: Shelley Powers
On product: HTML 5 spec

The text of the current HTML 5 draft does not contain the sections in previous versions of HTML in regards to Deprecated and Obsolete HTML elements[1].

Instead, the current document references terms such as "obsolete but conforming" [2], leave a great deal of confusion in its wake [3][4].

Considering how widespread the support for deprecated is within the technology industry[5], the HTML 5 specification should return to the previously defined sections describing deprecated and obsolete as listed in the HTML 4 document. Doing so will ensure that older HTML elements aren't abruptly dropped, causing confusion. This move will also ensure that there is a procedure in place to ensure that when an element is dropped, it's dropped in favor of a replacement that provides the same, or enhanced functionality. It will also help clarify confusion caused by using terminology not used previously with any other known specification.

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/conform.html#deprecated
[2] http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html#obsolete
[3] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2009Aug/0121.html
[4] http://realtech.burningbird.net/deprecated-is-now-obsolete
[5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deprecation
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