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

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2009 21:19:51 +0000 (UTC)
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Cc: "Michael(tm) Smith" <mike@w3.org>, public-html <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0901272115450.952@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Tue, 27 Jan 2009, Julian Reschke wrote:
> Ian Hickson wrote:
> > On Tue, 27 Jan 2009, Michael(tm) Smith wrote:
> > >   http://www.w3.org/html/wg/markup-spec/#audience
> > 
> > Thanks.
> > 
> > With this, I am happy to publish this working draft as a WD. However, 
> > I think it needs the following changes before progressing past WD:
> > 
> >   - How to parse documents that are written using the syntax defined 
> > in that document (needed for tools intended to conform to the 
> > specification, since otherwise there's no way to know what the tools 
> > are supposed to do).
> Why would a *producer* want to know that?

I don't think a producer would.

> >   - The DOM APIs and implementation rules for those APIs, since 
> > producers of documents using the features in this specification need 
> > those APIs to fully use those features.
> Yes, there are elements that aren't going to be useful without 
> scripting. One way to resolve this is to remove them from the document, 
> an alternative would be to state that fact, and point to the other spec.

That would help if the audience was limited to producers, yes. If 
implementors are still included, though, I don't think it makes sense to 
leave the implementation criteria undefined.

> > As it stands, the document is not appropriate for its intended 
> > audience.
> Seems that some minor tuning of the "intended audience" statement is 
> needed then.

Absolutely. If the audience is another group, then my comments would be 
different. I was working from the assumption that Mike's statement of the 
audience was accurate.

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