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Re: Mozilla Proposal for HTML5 Spec Licence

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2011 19:01:14 +0000 (UTC)
To: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
cc: www-archive@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1104131856030.25791@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Wed, 13 Apr 2011, Steve Faulkner wrote:
> >> 
> >> In real life, however, nobody important is actually trying to fork 
> >> the W3C HTML5 specification.
> 
> The spec has been forked and it can be expected that as new decisions by 
> the HTML WG up to and during last call do not go Ian hicksons way we can 
> expect to see futher divergence.

That's not a fork of the W3C copy. It's a fork of the WHATWG copy. The 
WHATWG spec predates the W3C fork by several years, and the W3C version 
continues to diverge as more and more decisions are made that are not 
based on the same priorities or design principles as the WHATWG's. (For 
the most part these differences are in trivial editorial matters such as 
non-normative text or differences in spec organisation, which is why for 
the large part I haven't been objecting on the W3C side and presumably 
why the W3C chairs have not been concerned about the divergence in the 
context of our charter.)

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