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

From: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 12:11:00 +0100
Message-ID: <49803D44.8000406@lachy.id.au>
To: "Michael(tm) Smith" <mike@w3.org>
Cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Michael(tm) Smith wrote:
> Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, 2009-01-28 01:04 +0000:
> 
>> Mike has *not* done this, at least not according to him. He has, according 
>> to what he has said, merely started writing the first part of a document 
>> with the same audience as the HTML5 draft.
> 
> I've never said that the document has the same audience as the
> HTML5 draft. What I did was to take a portion of the text from the
> Audience section of the HTML5 and copy it into my draft, changing
> one instance of the word "authors" to "producers".

In this context, I'm not really sure what the difference between a 
producer and author is.

> The complete statement in my draft is this:
> 
>   This specification is intended for producers of documents that
>   use the features defined in this specification, and implementors
>   of tools that are intended to conform to this specification, and
>   individuals wishing to establish the correctness of documents or
>   implementations with respect to the requirements of this
>   specification.
> 
> Anyway, from the fact that it has a portion of the same audience
> statement as the HTML5 draft, it does not necessarily follow that
> my draft has the same audience as the HTML5 draft -- because I
> think the audience statement above is fairly general, and could be
> put into just about any spec that defines some kind of "document".

Given that there has been some misunderstanding surrounding the above 
audience statement, I think it would be prudent to revise it, and the 
scope section, to make it less general and more focussed on the subset 
of people for whom the content of the spec is really optimised.  And 
rather than trying to position the document as a normative replacement 
for the language portions of HTML5, position it as an informative 
adjunct to the main spec that provides additional, useful material 
beyond that included in the spec, for its stated audience.

-- 
Lachlan Hunt - Opera Software
http://lachy.id.au/
http://www.opera.com/
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