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Re: The harm that can come if the W3C supports publication of competing specs

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2010 05:48:10 +0000 (UTC)
To: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Cc: James Graham <jgraham@opera.com>, HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1001180542490.3759@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Sun, 17 Jan 2010, Boris Zbarsky wrote:
> 
> I think we could effectively focus on getting those parts of the spec 
> more likely to be implemented in the near future into a stable state by 
> giving Ian feedback that he should focus on them and that we could focus 
> a lot more on providing implementation feedback while implementing, and 
> not sometime shipping.

FWIW this year I have been exclusively addressing feedback in the order 
that browser vendors and this working group have told me they want it 
addressed. Originally I was focusing on just getting the bug count to 
zero, since Maciej asked me to do so. Then I focused on sandbox="", then 
manifest="", then pushState(), now Microdata, and soon draggable="" and 
then after that doc="" and then sandbox="" again, all because of 
implementor feedback asking for me to focus on those areas. If I should be 
focusing on something different, let me know.

If I run out of things that people have told me to focus on, I'll return 
to just going through the bugs and then going through pending e-mails or 
looking at new features, until an implementor or working group asks me to 
focus on something specific again. I've pretty much been following this 
process non-stop for six years now. :-)

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