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Re: "HTML: The Markup Language" (draft attempt an "HTML producers" spec)

From: Toby A Inkster <tai@g5n.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2008 18:03:48 +0000
Message-Id: <43FBEE6B-A055-4F26-9069-FC8B968EA966@g5n.co.uk>
To: public-html@w3.org

Michael(tm) Smith wrote:

> During our face-to-face joint meeting with the W3C TAG in
> Mandelieu, a large part of our discussion with the TAG[1]
> concerned the idea of producing a separate normative spec for
> HTML5 that defined just the syntax, structure, and semantics of
> the language for "producers" of HTML content

Wonderful. I argued a while back that all that all those parsing  
rules ought to be stripped out into another specification. The HTML5  
draft defines way too much to be user-friendly to the vast majority  
of its audience who are not browser vendors.

HTML5 should define syntax rules, elements, attributes and entities.

DOM5 (or perhaps DOM4 if skipping a version number was looked down  
upon) should be a separate document defining the DOM side of HTML5.

All the SQLite storage stuff, most of chapter 4 should be split out  
as a "Window Object spec".

A "HTML5 Browser" spec should be put together, including HTML5  
parsing rules, and normatively referencing the above three specs, as  
well as ECMAScript, CSS 2.1/3, PNG and perhaps a few other useful specs.

Toby A Inkster
Received on Thursday, 13 November 2008 18:04:52 UTC

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