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Re: Reference to the HTML specification

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2011 19:40:46 +0000 (UTC)
To: Frederick.Hirsch@nokia.com
cc: marcosscaceres@gmail.com, plh@w3.org, annevk@opera.com, public-webapps@w3.org
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On Tue, 6 Sep 2011, Frederick.Hirsch@nokia.com wrote:
> 
> Are you and Ian suggesting we eliminate the publication of WD versions 
> on the way to Rec and just keep the editors draft in TR space?

Yes (or eliminate the TR/ space entirely and keep the specs elsewhere).


> A major implication relates to IPR licensing obligations, which serve to 
> protect implementers. These obligations are incurred relative to steps 
> in the process, e.g. First public WD publication etc.  Have you figured 
> out how editors draft in TR space would work with the W3C patent policy 
> (maybe not an issue if you are saying we have both published drafts as 
> well as editors draft in TR space).

Well ideally the IPR policy would be updated, but in the meantime, I have 
been suggesting publishing snapshots of the specs on an annual basis with 
clearly marked headings like "Annual Patent Policy Snapshot for Web 
Storage Specification - 2011" and with text clearly indicating that the 
document is not intended for implementation reference but is merely a 
snapshot to be used as a reference for the patent licenses granted via the 
W3C patent policy.

Thus we would still get the IPR protection, but people wouldn't be 
confused by reading obsolete drafts.

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