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Re: ready to publish "HTML5 differences from HTML4"?

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2007 16:38:05 -0700
Message-Id: <7FA6DC78-8E02-4CDF-B037-D60CBC0C5041@apple.com>
Cc: "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>
To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>

On Jun 23, 2007, at 11:31 AM, Dan Connolly wrote:

> The differences document is nice and short; it has gotten
> a generally positive reaction.
> I suggest this WG should publish it in its present form.
> http://dev.w3.org/cvsweb/~checkout~/html5/html4-differences/ 
> Overview.html
> $Revision: 1.22 $ of $Date: 2007/06/23 15:22:05 $
> Before I put the question formally, I'd like to have a few
> WG members read the whole thing and tell us whether they
> concur with my suggestion.

Although you didn't list me specifically, I also reviewed the  
document. I think the document is worth publishing soon, but I would  
request two specific changes:

1) In the introduction, please make it more clear that HTML5 itself  
is not final, and that some of the differences listed in this  
document may be subject to change and some may currently exist solely  
due to particular issue areas not having been addressed yet. Also,  
further changes may be added in the future.

2) Possibly mention some of the controversial changes currently under  
review. Possible things to list here: de facto semantic definitions  
for some formerly presentational elements; details of accessibility /  
media-independence features; style attribute; repetition model.

I specifically disagree with those who think the most controversial  
issues must all be resolved before publishing anything. Publishing  
the differences document will expose knowledge of these changes to a  
wider audience and possible bring more useful input into the  

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