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

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 15:52:07 -0800
Cc: Philip TAYLOR <Philip-and-LeKhanh@Royal-Tunbridge-Wells.Org>, Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-id: <A0FE2758-D221-4674-83AA-45B08B001C15@apple.com>
To: Murray Maloney <murray@muzmo.com>


On Jan 28, 2009, at 8:49 AM, Murray Maloney wrote:

>
> At 05:00 AM 1/28/2009 -0800, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
>> [...]
>> But if there are multiple documents that separately normatively
>> specify the same thing, then it is equally possible that they  
>> disagree
>> and therefore at least one of the two is wrong. If one reference is
>> normative and the other is not, then it is at least clear which is
>> authoritative when they disagree.
>
> I like your logic and agree completely. Unfortunately, you left out
> a subsequent consequence, to wit: it remains unclear which is correct.
>
> Having to keep two documents synchrounously correct is certainly
> going to require some QA effort, but that will also yield a quality  
> product.

That is a fair point. It's even possible for even a single document to  
be incorrect; that is why specifications at times publish errata. And  
indeed engaged implementors will often take planned corrections as  
more authoritative than the standing specification text. But I think  
normative text having some sort of drafting error or unexpected  
consequence is a different kind of problem than a conflict between two  
normative texts.

Regards,
Maciej
Received on Wednesday, 28 January 2009 23:52:50 UTC

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