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Re: ISSUE-76: Need feedback on splitting Microdata into separate specification

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2009 12:00:57 +0100
Message-ID: <4B20D4E9.4070704@gmx.de>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
CC: public-html <public-html@w3.org>
Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Thu, 10 Dec 2009, Julian Reschke wrote:
>> Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
>>> I have updated the counter-proposal located on the ESW Wiki at
>>> http://esw.w3.org/topic/HTML/ChangeProposals/KeepMicrodata .
>> "If Microdata were to be split from the HTML spec, it is possible that 
>> control of it would move to a separate working group, which would move 
>> part of HTML's development out of the hands of the working group 
>> chartered to develop HTML."
>>
>> How so, without the HTML WG agreeing to that?
> 
> This was a point Shelley brought up, I believe:
> 
>    http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2009Dec/0189.html
> 
> Since nobody questioned it when Shelley suggested it, I presumed it was a 
> good argument and suggested to Tab that it might be worth taking her 
> suggestion into account.

It would be helpful if you'd be a *bit* more concrete in what you're 
referring to (why waste other people's time looking up one sentence in a 
10 page email when you don't have to?).

*Assuming* you're referring to:

"Actually this really is a question of control. If pieces are split off
from the HTML5 document, they could end up in their own working
groups, and with their own editors. That means this group, and you,
would have little control over the spec, if this were to happen."

So yes, if something is split into a separate spec, and then the WG 
agrees to hand this spec over to somebody else, somebody else would be 
in control. By definition.

On the other hand, working on microdata-like stuff *is* in our charter, 
so right now it's not clear to me why the WG *would* pass control to a 
different Working Group.

BR, Julian
Received on Thursday, 10 December 2009 11:08:20 GMT

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