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Re: ISSUE-53: mediatypereg - suggest closing on 2009-09-03

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 11:03:18 +0200
Message-ID: <4A979D56.4080801@gmx.de>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
CC: "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>
Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Fri, 28 Aug 2009, Julian Reschke wrote:
>> Ian Hickson wrote:
>>> If you think it's obvious, maybe you would be willing to explain it to 
>>> me?
>>>
>>> The only interpretation that I can see is that Mike means 
>>> non-normative text giving an introduction to the feature to help 
>>> authors use it. That, however, is not a definition, and would in any 
>>> case be inappropriate for obsolete features such as those being 
>>> discussed here.
>> Defining what an element or attribute means isn't "informative"; it's an 
>> essential part of specifying a vocabulary.
> 
> If by "defining" you mean text with no normative conformance criteria, 
> that is untestable, and whose only purpose is to help authors work out 
> what the feature is for, then no, that's an essential part of specifying a 
> tutorial and is basically only fluff at the specification level. It's 
> useful, important even, for features we want authors to use, but it has no 
> use whatsoever for obsolete features that authors aren't allowed to use.

Well, in that case HTML5 is unsuitable as the *only* specification 
referenced by the text/html media type registration.

 > ...

BR, Julian
Received on Friday, 28 August 2009 09:04:04 GMT

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