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From: Arthur Barstow <Art.Barstow@nokia.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 09:55:05 -0400
Message-Id: <AD999EAA-307E-46E9-BF22-C84950750A37@nokia.com>
To: public-webapps <public-webapps@w3.org>
All - below is some information from Ian Jacobs regarding how far a  
spec can proceed toward Recommendation status if it has a normative  
reference that is not (yet) a Recommendation.

-Regards, Art Barstow

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ext Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
> Date: August 25, 2009 9:45:28 AM EDT
> To: "Barstow Art (Nokia-CIC/Boston)" <Art.Barstow@nokia.com>
> Cc: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>, Mike Smith <mike@w3.org>,  
> Steven Pemberton <Steven.Pemberton@cwi.nl>
> Subject: Re: Spec dependencies and advancing a spec
>
>
> On 25 Aug 2009, at 6:34 AM, Arthur Barstow wrote:
>
>> Where can I find the policy that governs how far a spec can advance
>> if a normative dependency is not yet a Recommendation?
>>
>> I checked the PD but couldn't find it.
>
> Hi Art,
>
> This is in the transitions documentation [0] rather than in the
> process document. If you choose
> Candidate Rec or Proposed Rec, you get this text in the section titled
> "Evidence that dependencies with other groups met (or not)":
>
>    "Does this specification have any normative references to W3C
> specifications that are not yet Proposed Recommendations? Note: In
> general, documents do not advance to Recommendation with normative
> references to W3C specifications that are not yet Recommendations."
>
> The only rule is a reporting requirement: you need to indicate
> normative refs to unstable docs in your transition request.
>
> Also, the manual of style [1] says:
>
>   "Normative references should be to stable and mature resources
> (e.g., only Recommendations)."
>
> _Ian
>
> [0] http://www.w3.org/Guide/transitions
> [1] http://www.w3.org/2001/06/manual/#normative
> --
> Ian Jacobs (ij@w3.org)    http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs/
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>
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