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Re: some reflections on @alt usage

From: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 21:16:01 +0100
Message-ID: <55687cf80808221316v77eb3f53h8a52ac14417d9543@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: "Al Gilman" <Alfred.S.Gilman@ieee.org>, "W3C WAI-XTECH" <wai-xtech@w3.org>, "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>

hello Ian,

> You're missing the point. There is no "authority chain".

The HTML5 specification is being developed within the W3C HTML WG,
under the Charter it states [1]:

However, if a decision is necessary for timely progress, but after due
consideration of different opinions, consensus is not achieved, the
Chair should put a question (allowing
for remote, asynchronous participation using, for example, email
and/or web-based survey techniques) and record a decision and any
objections, and consider the matter resolved.

This clearly indicates an authority above you, whether you wish to
believe it or not.

[1] http://www.w3.org/2007/03/HTML-WG-charter.html#decisions

--
stevef


On 22/08/2008, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> wrote:
>
>  On Fri, 22 Aug 2008, Al Gilman wrote:
>  >
>  > On 21 Aug 2008, at 2:31 PM, Ian Hickson wrote:
>  > >
>  > > I'm only going to make edits to the spec that I can substantiate
>  > > through research or logical arguments. Continued appeal to authority
>  > > in the face of this will not result in the changes to the spec that
>  > > you desire.
>  >
>  > No, naturally I don't expect you to make edits based on the authority of
>  > the WAI.  The WAI is not in your authority chain.
>
>
> You're missing the point. There is no "authority chain". We've used
>  research and reasoned studied arguments for everything in HTML5, and will
>  continue to do so.
>
>  (There are several examples that demonstrate this really well, for example
>  the way that HTML5 allows "/>" to be used in text/html, against my
>  personal wishes, because my position was not backed up by evidence and the
>  arguments put forward were stronger than mine.)
>
>
>  --
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>
>


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Steve Faulkner
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