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Re: ACTION-95, ISSUE-65: Plan to publish a new WD of HTML-5

From: Philip TAYLOR <chaa006@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 09:22:00 +0000
Message-ID: <498023B8.7020800@Royal-Tunbridge-Wells.Org>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
CC: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>



Ian Hickson wrote:

> Web designers and Webmasters aren't asking for a normative specification 
> with lines like:
> 
>    aria-dropeffect = "none" | list{ "copy", "move"?, "reference"? } | 
>    list{ "copy", "reference"?, "move"? } | list{ "move", "copy"?, 
>    "reference"? } | list{ "move", "reference"?, "copy"? } | list{ 
>    "reference", "copy"?, "move"? } | list{ "reference", "move"?, "copy"? }
> 
> ...or:
> 
>    date =
>      A valid full-date, as defined in RFC 3339 [RFC3339], with the 
>      additional qualification that the year component is a 
>      nonzero-date-fullyear.

I'm sorry, I completely disagree.  As a former webmaster of
many years, recently retired, that is exactly the sort of
accuracy that I would have looked for if I were setting out
to acquire a specification for the HTML 5 Markup Language.

I would have no objection to the author additionally presenting
the same ideas in less formal prose, but the formal syntax is
absolutely essential.

Philip TAYLOR
Received on Wednesday, 28 January 2009 09:22:33 UTC

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