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Re: Obsolescence notices on old specifications, again

From: Charles Pritchard <chuck@jumis.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2012 17:19:11 -0800
Message-Id: <D87B0B01-EE20-469C-864C-48C5380ABA3D@jumis.com>
Cc: Glenn Adams <glenn@skynav.com>, Glenn Maynard <glenn@zewt.org>, Ms2ger <ms2ger@gmail.com>, "public-webapps@w3.org" <public-webapps@w3.org>
To: "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
We have the same issue on the other side of it-- new specs that we're cautioned against using.

Let's allow for co-existence. Silly folk like me can work with new Web Apis, and be berated for it, and other folk can use old standards, and be berated for it. Everybody wins!


On Jan 23, 2012, at 1:03 PM, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM, Glenn Adams <glenn@skynav.com> wrote:
>> I work in an industry where devices are certified against final
>> specifications, some of which are mandated by laws and regulations. The
>> current DOM-2 specs are still relevant with respect to these certification
>> processes and regulations.
>> I do not object to adding an informative, warning notice to the status
>> sections of these docs that new work is underway to replace, and eventually
>> formally obsolete older DOM RECs. However, until replacement specs exist
>> that have achieved sufficient maturity (namely, REC status), it would not be
>> appropriate to formally obsolete the existing DOM specs.
> We have repeated evidence that pretending these specs aren't obsolete
> and useless hurts web implementors and authors.  We're targeting the
> web with our specs, so that's extremely relevant for us, more so than
> non-web industries dealing with personal regulatory issues.
> Ignoring the regulatory issues for a moment, the non-web industries
> harm themselves (or rather, the down-level authors writing content for
> the things those industries are producing) by attempting to use these
> obsolete specs as well, since they'll be producing things that don't
> match the public web.
> But really, the important thing is just that these specs are hurting
> the web, and our primary focus is the web.
> ~TJ
Received on Tuesday, 24 January 2012 01:19:36 UTC

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