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Re: Splitting up the spec

From: Jim Jewett <jimjjewett@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 01:57:09 -0500
Message-ID: <fb6fbf560811222257l769a4376qda776e5e28a23a2@mail.gmail.com>
To: "HTML WG" <public-html@w3.org>

Toby Inkster wrote:

>> People writing HTML5 browsers would still have a definitive spec to aim
>> for: _The HTML5 Browser_.

Ian wrote:
> I don't know why there is such an obsession over the browser. There are
> plenty of other UAs for which this work makes sense, like search engines,
> data mining tools, validators, authoring tools, etc.

For the markup, yes.

For Workers, or Offline Web Applications, or Server-Sent Events, or
the Window object ... much less so.  Which is precisely why there is
such a push to split some of them.

If the HTML spec were the same size as the XML:ID spec, most people
wouldn't worry.  But the HTML5 spec is large enough that we should be
looking for things that *can* be split off, instead of just things
that don't fit.  Parts that apply to only some spec users are good
candidates.  And most of those parts apply to the browser.

-jJ
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