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Re: CfC: Adopt ISSUE-101 us-ascii-ref Change Proposal to replace ASCII reference

From: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2010 12:50:17 +0200
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Cc: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20100623125017789946.01f940e6@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Henri Sivonen, Wed, 23 Jun 2010 13:37:44 +0300:

> Rationale
> 
> To put spec readers ahead of theoretical purity, spec references 
> should be followable in a browser without paywalls when feasible. In 
> the case of ASCII, it is feasible.

The suggested ECMA pdf meets this rationale.

> Details
> 
> No change. In particular, the reference to ASCII must not be changed 
> to anything that cannot be obtained as plain text, HTML or PDF 
> (without a wrapper format such as zip) free of charge by issuing an 
> HTTP GET request.

The suggested ECMA pdf meets this requirement.

Given the above, I don't understand what your proposal is about. It 
seems like an indifferent change proposal.

> Impact
> Positive Effects
> 
> Readers can follow references conveniently.

The suggested ECMA pdf meets this requirement. Hence there is no such 
positive effect in this change proposal.

Remember that your proposal is a counter proposal to Julian's proposal.
 
> Negative Effects
> 
> The reference may be perceived to be less Official.

In this place you appear to defend the current spec reference, rather 
than talking in your general terms above. The current spec reference is 
indeed not only less official but also confusing - there are around 50 
pages or more and only a fraction of one of the pages is relevant.

> Conformance Classes Changes
> 
> None.
> 
> Risks
> 
> The reference being perceived as less Official due to this reason 
> might, in theory, actually has some tangible consequence.

The 'less official' + more confusing.
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leif halvard silli
Received on Wednesday, 23 June 2010 10:50:51 GMT

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