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Re: HTML5 script start tag should select appropriate content model according to src

From: Philip & Le Khanh <Philip-and-LeKhanh@royal-tunbridge-wells.org>
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2007 18:27:10 +0200
To: "Henri Sivonen" <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Cc: tina@greytower.net, "Lachlan Hunt" <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>, www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <4634C760.6050704@Royal-Tunbridge-Wells.Org>

Henri Sivonen wrote:

> The WG is having a formal survey about adopting WHATWG HTML5 as the 
> *starting point*.
> http://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/40318/htmlbg/results
> Quoting the announcement by Dan Connolly: "A 'no' vote in this survey is 
> a formal objection. An individual who registers a Formal Objectionshould  
> cite technical arguments and propose changes that would removethe Formal  
> Objection."

I find this a very disturbing statement.  Taken at face
value, it appears to say "We are going to adopt WHATWG HTML5
as the starting point whether you like it or not.  If you
don't like it, your only option is to propose changes to
WHATWG HTML5 to make its adoption as the starting point
acceptable to you.  You do not have the option of saying
simply "No, I think that WHATWG HTML5 is fundamentally
flawed and is totally unsuitable as a starting point".

Thus if Henri's citation of Dan Connolly is correct (and
I have no reason to believe that it is not), then the entire
thing is already sewn up and the so-called "formal survey"
is nothing more than window dressing to give credibility
to a decision that has already been taken /in camera/.

I sincerely hope that there is some flaw in my logic,
and that the adoption of WHATWG HTML5 as the starting
point is not already W3C policy.

Philip Taylor
Received on Tuesday, 1 May 2007 12:04:25 UTC

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