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Re: LC Comment - Script & Progressive Rendering / Multiple Pages

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 22:28:58 +0000 (UTC)
To: Jim Ley <jim@jibbering.com>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0412012218290.11059@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>


Moved to www-style since this is now off-topic for www-svg.

On Wed, 1 Dec 2004, Jim Ley wrote:
> "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>
> > You will find the CSS2 errata here:
> > 
> >   http://www.w3.org/Style/css2-updates/REC-CSS2-19980512-errata.html
> 
> No, that's a non-maintained document that calls itself a proposed errata, if
> it's actually something else, then it shouldn't say that, until then I'm going
> to trust what it says, rather than a post on another list.

Only the last section is "proposed errata". Everything else is just real 
errata. And the reason it isn't being maintained is that we instead 
published a revision to the specification, namely CSS2.1.


> > This was maintained until CSS2.1 WD was released, at which point CSS2.1
> > WDs became the proposed errata for CSS2; now that CSS2.1 has reached CR,
> > the CSS2 errata refers to CSS2.1 as being the actual errata for CSS2.
> > 
> >   http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/
> 
> No, another recommendation is not errata, CSS2 should be rescinded if it's no
> longer to be considered correct. Errata's clarify they do not change
> behaviour.

CSS2 may well be rescinded once CSS2.1 reaches REC, that's still being 
considered. The biggest problem with doing that is that documents 
normatively refer to CSS2, and that some of the features in CSS2 are not 
in CSS2.1 and the equivalent CSS3 drafts have not been published yet. 
Therefore rescinding the spec would result in dangling pointers which 
would require other specs to be rereleased causing a ripple effect. It 
certainly is the intent of the CSS working group that CSS2.1 replace CSS2 
as far as the normative definition of CSS Level 2 goes.

Anyway, you said that there was no CSS2 errata, which is clearly untrue. 
You may not like the way it is being done, but the fact is that the CSS 
working group _is_ doing something about the issues in CSS2 and has in 
fact spent the better part of the last few years doing very little other 
than specification maintenance to help implementors and authors.

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