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Re: New split-out drafts vs. modular design

From: Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2010 20:38:47 -0600
Message-ID: <643cc0271001101838o4e3eaed5h71d36dee3e86f25b@mail.gmail.com>
To: Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3c@gmail.com>
Cc: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>, Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
On Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 8:24 PM, Aryeh Gregor <Simetrical+w3c@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 8:36 PM, Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I am concerned, though, about the fact, as you mentioned in your
>> email, that the WhatWG HTML document has changed its name to WhatWG
>> HTML, and that it includes items split out from the HTML5
>> specification. In fact, if elements such as details, progress, and
>> meter are actually deleted (not split off), there will be potential
>> variances now between the two documents.
>>
>> This is not a good idea. This is not a sound technical decision.
>
> What do you propose, short of effectively shutting down the WHATWG or
> HTMLWG altogether?  That would solve the problem, but doesn't seem
> likely.
>

I would suggest that there be one document known as HTML5, and that it
is the same in both organizations. If the WhatWG feels it can no
longer support this, then I think we have a problem.

If the WhatWG wants to create something called Web Applications 1.0,
and include the HTML5 document in it, with the others, there shouldn't
be any confusion. It would help if the WhatWG folks point out the W3C
counter-parts, if for no other reason there are probably companies who
would be more comfortable with W3C specs. It would also help if the
WhatWG folks pointed people to our bug databases, since we seem to
have a change procedure in place (the WhatWG does not). And it would
ensure that all bugs are tracked in one place--something I would think
we would all want.

But when the location that used to refer to HTML5 is suddenly renamed
"WhatWG HTML" and everything that is now covered by different specs
all get lumped into this "WhatWG HTML", do you really think this won't
cause confusion? And significant problems in the future, as well as
doubt and mistrust of any of the effort?

Shelley
Received on Monday, 11 January 2010 02:39:24 UTC

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