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Re: Who is the Intended Audience of the Markup Spec Proposal?

From: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2009 16:53:52 -0800
Message-ID: <497E5B20.6050107@sicking.cc>
To: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
CC: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, public-html <public-html@w3.org>, Chris Wilson <Chris.Wilson@microsoft.com>

Sam Ruby wrote:
>> The fact is, there is a serious disagreement about whether the HTML5 
>> spec should be split into multiple normative parts according to the 
>> boundary of "specification of the syntax of a conforming document", 
>> and "everything else". The last time this was discussed, the chairs 
>> asked for a moratorium on further discussion of this topic (which as 
>> Philip Taylor points out, was never lifted and is presumably still in 
>> effect). It seems to me that publishing this document as REC track or 
>> as unspecified track but still claiming parts of it are normative, 
>> without actually discussing the underlying issue or coming to 
>> consensus (or at least a decision), is not good process. It looks like 
>> an attempt to sneak a decision about the issue past the group.
> I'd like very much to lift that moratorium, but apparently Chris has 
> been tied up in some sort of release :-).  I'd prefer not to 
> unilaterally lift this without his concurrence.  I'm sure that this will 
> be resolved shortly.

I'd definitely like the moratorium to be lifted. However I'd also like 
not note that simply lifiting the moratorium is unlikely to be very 

Before the moratorium was put in the discussions were far from 
constructive and if anything just caused polarization and flame wars.

We do need to decide if and how to split up the spec. But I didn't see 
the previous discussion getting us there.

/ Jonas
Received on Tuesday, 27 January 2009 00:54:23 UTC

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