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Re: CSS1 is obsolete

From: Etan Wexler <ewexler@stickdog.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2003 00:49:26 -0800
To: www-style@w3.org, Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Message-id: <BA84520F.7D%ewexler@stickdog.com>

Chris Lilley wrote to <www-styl@w3.org> on 2003-02-27 09:36 in "Re: CSS1 is
obsolete" (<mid:71233171.20030227183632@w3.org>):

> IH> Is HTML 3.2 "deprecated, [obsolete], or historical"?
> 
> No, but it should be and I would like to see [it] demoted from a
> Recommendation.

A quick read of the W3C Process document reveals that this cannot be done as
such [REC]:

    In this version of the Process Document, there are no
    maturity level changes after Recommendation; a technical
    report remains a Recommendation indefinitely.

> IH> Maybe the
> IH> W3C should follow the IETF lead in marking old specifications as
> IH> HISTORICAL or OBSOLETED, but that is not up to the CSSWG as far as
> IH> I know.
> 
> Actually it is, in the same sense that making things be Recs is the
> responsibility of the WG - to inform the director and present
> evidence.

The Process document is not as clear about this as it could be. I gather
that the only way to deprecate or retire a Recommendation is to issue
another Recommendation to that effect [REC]:

    The status section of any Recommendation must indicate
    its relationship to previous related Recommendations
    (e.g., an indication that a Recommendation supersedes,
    obsoletes, or subsumes another, etc.).

The Working Group could use CSS3 modules to retire levels 1 and 2 or could
issue dedicated retirement Reccomendations. The process for producing such
retirement Recommendations is as for any other Recommendation [TR], so I
believe and support Chris when he writes that the deprecation is the
responsibility of the Working Group.

[REC]
World Wide Web Consortium.
"Recommendation (REC)" (section 5.2.5) in "World Wide Web Consortium Process
Document".
19 July 2001.
<http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Process-20010719/tr.html#RecsW3C>


[TR]
World Wide Web Consortium.
"Technical Reports" (section 5) in "World Wide Web Consortium Process
Document".
19 July 2001.
<http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Process-20010719/tr.html#Reports>
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