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Re: Cleaning House

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 00:10:12 +0000 (UTC)
To: Tina Holmboe <tina@greytower.net>
Cc: Jim Jewett <jimjjewett@gmail.com>, David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>, www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0811180002521.1041@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Tue, 18 Nov 2008, Tina Holmboe wrote:
> It'd be better if you wrote distinct, clean, specifications which 
> separated one thing from another.

Oh, I don't know. I've always thought indistinct, dirty, mashed-together 
specifications would be better.

Seriously though. This kind of feedback simply isn't constructive. It's 
like telling a browser vendor that they should make their browser faster, 
more secure, and more standards compliant. Or telling a carpenter that 
they should make their buildings stronger, cleaner, and more 
fire-resistant. More concrete suggestions would be far more helpful.

> This has been suggested to you several times, and there has not so far 
> been given any good reason why it shouldn't be done.

There is a simple reason -- it's less work for me to write one spec than 
to write two specs. The Workers part of HTML5 is an example of this -- I 
put it in a separate document instead of in the HTML5 document, and this 
has caused be disproportionally more work than if I'd put it in the same 
document. Thus, I need editors if we are to split HTML5 up.

If anyone would like to actually help with doing this, instead of 
insulting me and my work, then please do let me know.

There is a list of sections I would like to extract from HTML5, the only 
reason they haven't been extracted is lack of actual editors willing to 
the do work:


Are you volunteering? If not, I respectfully would like to ask you to stop 
insulting me.

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