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[Bug 25149] New: Normative references to unstable documents must be removed before publication

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Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:30:48 +0000
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https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=25149

            Bug ID: 25149
           Summary: Normative references to unstable documents must be
                    removed before publication
           Product: XPath / XQuery / XSLT
           Version: Proposed Recommendation
          Hardware: PC
                OS: Linux
            Status: NEW
          Severity: blocker
          Priority: P2
         Component: Serialization 3.0
          Assignee: cmsmcq@blackmesatech.com
          Reporter: liam@w3.org
        QA Contact: public-qt-comments@w3.org

The Serialization 3.0 PR contains normative references to
HTML 5
POLYGLOT
XSLT 3

In order to be published as a Rec we mustn't be in a situation where a change
to an unstable spec like POLYGLOT (likely to have a 2nd last call soon) would
break XQuery or XPath implementations.

I don't think we are actually in such a situation, but some editorial work is
needed.

I suggest
(1) for POLYGLOT, this should become a non-normative reference; the one place
where it's used in normative text seems to be about namespaces, and copying the
appropriate paragraph out of the polyglot draft would cure that.

(2) for HTML 5, we refer to things like the list of void elements, which is now
out of date (there are new ones). However, the new ones can have end tags, so
we're *probably* OK on HTML 5; referring to specific sections of that huge spec
might help. See http://www.w3.org/html/wg/tests-cr-exit/index.html - the items
with green check marks are considered stable.

(3) XSLT 3 references can probably say "XSLT 2 or later"?? In cases where an
XQuery alternative is given, the XSLT 3 reference could be non-normative.

The document (and hence XQuery 3, XQueryX 3, XPath 3 etc which refer nomatively
to this spec) can't advance to Recommendation until this is resolved.

It probably also applies to the 3.1 spec.

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