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RE: Section 1.6.1 relationship to HTML 4.01

From: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
Date: Sun, 31 May 2009 10:06:30 -0700
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
CC: Leif Halvard Silli <lhs@malform.no>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <8B62A039C620904E92F1233570534C9B0118CD95EC79@nambx04.corp.adobe.com>
The discussion on "Design Principles" brought up the "(from scratch)" topic,
which led to discussion of Section 1.6.1, "Relationship to HTML 4.01 and DOM2 HTML".
I think updating the introductory material now is useful, because it is
important to reviewers trying to understand the document and its context.

I think you asked for an explicit suggestion for new wording:

OLD

> 1.6.1 Relationship to HTML 4.01 and DOM2 HTML

> This specification represents a new version of HTML4, along with a new version 
> of the associated DOM2 HTML API. Migration from HTML4 to the format and 
> APIs described in this specification should in most cases be straightforward, 
> as care has been taken to ensure that backwards-compatibility is
>  retained. [HTML4] [DOM2HTML]

NEW

< 1.6.1 Relationship to HTML 4.01 and DOM2 HTML

< This specification represents a new version of HTML, including its DOM2 API.
< This specification is based on widespread implementations and experience 
< with HTML 4, but not the verbatim text of previous specifications[HTML4][DOM2HTML].
< A separate document [HTMLDIFF] explains differences with HTML 4
< in detail.  Migration to the format and APIs described in this specification
<  should be straightforward, as backwards compatibility was a high priority. 

This does not claim to be a new version of HTML 4.01 and makes it clear
that the text did not start with the HTML 4.01 document. It makes an
explicit reference to the Differences document for details. It does not
promise ("ensure") backwards compatibility but notes that it was a goal.
If the working group continues work on Design Principles, a reference to
[DESIGN] would be appropriate, for elaboration on the "backwards compatibility"
principles would be useful.

Larry
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