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Re: Obsolete features - LC Issue 40

From: Andrew Thackrah <andrew@opengroup.org>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 15:46:33 +0100
To: www-qa-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <20030414154633.A13067@hyperion>


The proposed checkpoint (7.6) suggests that if something is obsolete then 
it *should*  be
  documented in the spec. But the definition of obsolete that we are using 
suggests
  that it should *not* be documented in the spec.

  Is this not a contradiction?

  The HTML 4 definition mentions a reference manual for documenting 
obsolete
  features. I'm guessing the the ref. manual is not the same thing as the 
spec. but
  equates to ExTech?

  -Andrew


On 2003.04.14 13:29 Lynne Rosenthal wrote:
> In HTML 4, the obsolete is defined as:
> Obsolete
> An obsolete element or attribute is one for which there is no guarantee 
> of support by a user agent. Obsolete elements are no longer defined in 
> the specification, but are listed for historical purposes in the changes 
> section of the reference manual.
> 
> HTML 4, defines deprecated as:
> Deprecated
> A deprecated element or attribute is one that has been outdated by newer 
> constructs. Deprecated elements are defined in the reference manual in 
> appropriate locations, but are clearly marked as deprecated. Deprecated 
> elements may become obsolete in future versions of HTML.
> 
> These definitions are consistent with the SpecGL explanation and 
> definition of deprecated.  To satisfy LC Issue 40, I propose the 
> following:
> 
> 1.  Modify the 2nd sentence of G7, as follows:
> "Deprecated features should not be used and may be removed in some 
> future version, at which time the feature becomes obsolete". (and link 
> to the definition of obsolete)
> 
> 2. Add a definition of obsolete:
> "Obsolete
> A deprecated feature that is no longer defined in the specification and 
> has been removed from the specification."
> 
> 3.  Add a checkpoint to address obsolete:
> CP 7.6 Identify each obsolete feature [P3]
> Conformance Requirement:  the specification MUST document each obsolete 
> feature.  It is not applicable if there is no obsolete features.
> 
> Explanation:  Obsolete features are listed for historical purposes.  
> There is no guarantee of support for obsolete features by 
> implementations of the specification.
> 
> ExTech: obsolete features can be listed in the change section of the 
> specification (HTML 4.1)
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