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Re: Obsolete features - LC Issue 40

From: Lynne Rosenthal <lynne.rosenthal@nist.gov>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 11:04:05 -0400
Message-Id: <5.1.0.14.2.20030414110312.01d44e98@mailserver.nist.gov>
To: andrew@opengroup.org, www-qa-wg@w3.org

Actually, I believe that the reference manual in HTML 4 is actually the 
specification - the obsolete features are listed in an Apendix named Changes.

lynne

At 10:46 AM 4/14/2003, Andrew Thackrah wrote:


>The proposed checkpoint (7.6) suggests that if something is obsolete then 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A deprecated element or attribute is one that has been outdated by newer 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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