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Re: [Glossary] Deprecated, Deprecation, Deprecate / Obsolete

From: Alex Rousskov <rousskov@measurement-factory.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2004 14:52:35 -0600 (MDT)
To: Lynne Rosenthal <lynne.rosenthal@nist.gov>
Cc: Karl Dubost <karl@la-grange.net>, www-qa@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.BSF.4.58.0407011450390.8428@measurement-factory.com>

On Thu, 1 Jul 2004, Lynne Rosenthal wrote:

> >Deprecated:
> >         * New feature exists that covers the old feature
> >         * Should not be used anymore by producer tools.
> >         * Must be supported by consumer tools.
>
> However, a feature may be deprecated because it is useless and not being
> used - in which case, there may not be a new feature to cover this older
> one.  The goal may be to clean up the specification and get rid of this
> 'deprecated' feature.  I favor a definition that allows for this
> possibility.  Perhaps a definition such as:
>
> Deprecated feature
> an existing feature that has become outdated and is in the process of being
> phased out, usually in favor of a specified replacement.   Deprecated
> features are no longer recommended for use and may cease to exist in future
> versions of the specification.

Thank you for making that important point. Deprecation, on its own,
has nothing to do with new features.

Alex.
Received on Thursday, 1 July 2004 16:52:46 GMT

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