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Re: conformance constraints on producers that go beyond syntax

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Mon, 5 Oct 2009 23:44:38 +0000 (UTC)
To: Jonathan Rees <jar@creativecommons.org>
Cc: "Henry S. Thompson" <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>, www-tag@w3.org, Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0910052341570.25383@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Mon, 21 Sep 2009, Jonathan Rees wrote:
>
> The HTML5 draft is careful to say "This specification describes the 
> conformance criteria for user agents and documents" omitting any mention 
> of authors. [...]
>
> The words "authors must" occur several more times in the draft but in 
> each case (other than the one I quote) the constraint can be 
> operationalized as a constraint on documents, not on authors. (In fact, 
> since the constraint is only on authors, not documents, this allows for 
> the existence of conforming documents that cannot be generated by any 
> conforming author!)

I've added a clarification to HTML5 to explicitly say that conformance 
requirements on authors are equivalent to conformance requirements on 
documents. The distinction was not intended to be meaningful.

Cheers,
-- 
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