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Re: Normative status of author-only view of the HTML5 specification

From: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>
Date: Tue, 07 Jun 2011 22:07:45 +0000
Message-ID: <4DEEA0D4.7000505@arcanedomain.com>
To: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
CC: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com>, James Graham <jgraham@opera.com>, Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>, "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>

On 6/7/2011 5:48 PM, Jonas Sicking wrote:
> So you are saying then that if they disagree the author view should be
> the authoritative? Can we make sure to explicitly state so in the spec
> if that is what people agree should be the case?

I wonder whether an alternative would be to state words to the effect: 
"These two specifications are generated from common base text and are 
intended to be entirely consistent. Both are normative and authoritative. 
With respect to any matters on which they (unexpectedly) disagree, there is 
a bug in at least one, and neither specification is authoritative with 
respect to the point(s) of disagreement. In such cases we expect to resolve 
the bug by publishing versions that are changed to be consistent.

I can live with Jonas' proposal, but this seems to me supierior because:

* It's important IMO (and the TAG's) that the author view be normative.

* Given the many important technical details covered only in the full view, 
it's equally important that it be normative.

(I'm speaking for myself here, not necessarily for the TAG, though I can of 
course check with them if you like).

Received on Wednesday, 8 June 2011 01:51:35 UTC

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