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Re: An HTML language specification vs. a browser specification

From: Jim Jewett <jimjjewett@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2008 11:50:03 -0500
Message-ID: <fb6fbf560811170850i79ccec7cj6f5cb3259454826e@mail.gmail.com>
To: "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>
Cc: "Robert J Burns" <rob@robburns.com>, bzbarsky@mit.edu

> So this insinuates that Ian is not familiar with parsing and still
> avoids naming anyone

Let's just stipulate that

(1)  Ian is an expert at parsing
(2)  Ian is also an expert at other facets of HTML
(3)  Ian is over-worked

The question is how to fix number three.  Rob (and Roy and Phillip?)
believe that the solution is

(a)  Break up the spec.
(b)  Leave Ian with the non-parsing portions, that seem to interest him most.
(c)  Have someone else deal with parsing.

Note that the "someone else" doesn't have to have as much knowledge
and experience as Ian, so long as he or she has enough time and
interest to compensate.

The problem is that the actual split is difficult, and Ian isn't sure
it would be a good use of his time.

I think Michael Smith's  http://www.w3.org/html/wg/markup-spec/ is a
fairly good model.

Rob -- could you or a nominee produce the equivalent for parsing, or
at least for a subset of it?

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