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Re: Level of interest in "HTML: The Markup Language" and "HTML5: Edition for Web Authors"

From: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2013 09:51:35 +0000
Message-ID: <CA+ri+V=SfRhEbCajmFNtLSW5L7nFFuhsDUy0ZwnCBUV4CUkVug@mail.gmail.com>
To: Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org>
Cc: "HTML WG (public-html@w3.org)" <public-html@w3.org>
Hi Robin,

I think both of these documents are in theory very useful. As they are
strict subsets (i believe) of the HTML spec, so the information they
contain is not an interpretation of what the spec says.

What would make them useful in practice:

   - As Ian notes, that users and developers are aware of them.
   - they are kept up to date
   - their design/formatting is optimised for usability and accessibility
   not constrained by pubrules and use of standard W3C style sheets.

note: I know mike[tm] has given them love, and they are there due to his
work, but his time like all of us is limited and taken up with competing
Do they need to be bound by the strict WG publication process for normative
specs - probably not.
Would they benefit from being maintained by the W3C - probably.
Do they need to be actively maintained - definitely.
Do they need to be activley promoted by he W3C as useful resources -

Maybe a CG?


On 11 February 2013 16:58, Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org> wrote:

> Hi all,
> over time the HTML WG has accrued a fair number of documents that it needs
> to shepherd. I am wondering if it might make sense to review some of those
> to see if we really need to keep maintaining them ourselves.
> Two of those that I had in mind are:
> HTML: The Markup Language
>     http://www.w3.org/TR/html-**markup/<http://www.w3.org/TR/html-markup/>
> HTML5: Edition for Web Authors
>     http://www.w3.org/TR/html5-**author/<http://www.w3.org/TR/html5-author/>
> Do you or people around you actually use these documents? Note that I'm
> not asking if there's a hypothetical "Jane Web Developer" you haven't met
> who uses them. I'm asking if you use them yourselves, or if you see people
> using them, referring to them, etc. around you.
> The idea is not necessarily to lose the content, but quite possibly it
> could be given over to the community running WebPlatform Docs (
> http://www.webplatform.org/). They're doing a great job producing web
> developer documentation and they would be much better placed than we to
> foster such content. If we all agree here that we should focus on specs and
> leave professional quality documentation to professionals of quality
> documentation then I'm happy to coordinate with them in taking either one
> or both of these over.
> --
> Robin Berjon - http://berjon.com/ - @robinberjon

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