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Re: Splitting out sections and submitting bugs (canvas, Microdata, et al) Re: Proposal to publish HTML5 and vocab specs

From: Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 13:55:51 -0500
Message-ID: <643cc0270910281155u5bf80a84n5ca25e6437172c01@mail.gmail.com>
To: Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3c@gmail.com>
Cc: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, Jirka Kosek <jirka@kosek.cz>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, public-html@w3.org
On Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 12:56 PM, Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3c@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 12:00 PM, Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I would remove my objection to another heart beat document if the
>> HTML5 author agrees not to make any additional changes to the document
>> that can't be specifically tied back to a change request or bug
>> entered into the W3C bug database. If the document is stable enough to
>> be a WhatWG document, there shouldn't be anything about the document
>> that is currently undergoing change _except_ for changes based on
>> feedback. And that feedback should be documented, formally.
>
> Just to clarify your suggestion, the editor would still be the one who
> decides how to respond to bugs filed in the W3C Bugzilla, right?  So
> rather than just committing a change, he would have to create a change
> request in the W3C Bugzilla, post a response there accepting the
> request, and then commit the change?  I'm not clear on what practical
> benefit this offers to anyone.
>
> It also isn't the practice in any other W3C Working Group I'm aware
> of.  Editors normally have the right to change Editor's Drafts
> unilaterally, which is why they're called Editor's Drafts -- endorsed
> only by the editor, not necessarily the working group or the W3C.
>

Editors in other groups normally consult with the group before making
substantive changes.

I was talking about substantive changes, not fixing typos of cleaning
up grammar. Not even minor tech edits, to fix an error, or correct
values.

Changes such as: dropping or adding elements or attributes; changing
purpose of elements or attributes; making something that was obsolete,
valid, or something valid, obsolete; changing the text in such a way
as to alter the meaning of the section where the text resided; adding
or removing entire sections.

Substantive changes.

Shelley
Received on Wednesday, 28 October 2009 18:56:21 UTC

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