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RE: HTML WG Decides against namespace-based features for distributed extensibility

From: Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 19:50:56 +0000
To: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>, "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <E3EACD022300B94D88613639CF4E25F8186A8104@TK5EX14MBXC134.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
> As I understand it, the working group has resolved their issue and expects to put forward a Candidate Recommendation as described above.

ISSUE-41 on distributed extensibility was a pre-Last Call issue.  The HTML WG is currently processing its pre-Last Call issues [1] as per the time table that the Chairs published in:
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2010Sep/0074.html

The HTML WG is currently trying to resolve all the remaining pre-Last Call issues so that we can get HTML5 to Last Call in May 2011.

The WG is not expecting that HTML5 will reach the Candidate Recommendation stage until later in 2012.

/paulc
On behalf of the HTML WG co-chairs

[1] http://dev.w3.org/html5/status/issue-status.html 

Paul Cotton, Microsoft Canada
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-----Original Message-----
From: www-tag-request@w3.org [mailto:www-tag-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Noah Mendelsohn
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2011 11:50 AM
To: www-tag@w3.org
Subject: HTML WG Decides against namespace-based features for distributed extensibility

Sam Ruby has just posted the HTML WG chairs' decision [1] on their ISSUE 140, which is distributed extensibility. It's carefully written, it makes a number of detailed points, and I urge everyone concerned to read it carefully.  The TAG's input [2] is discussed.

At the risk of oversimplifying for those who choose not to read Sam's note, the net is: the case for distributed extensibility was not deemed sufficiently strong to merit changing the HTML specification.  The status quo stands, I.e., there will be no prefix-based namespace support for the text/html serialization.

As I understand it, the working group has resolved their issue and expects to put forward a Candidate Recommendation as described above. The usual W3C formal-objection mechanism would be the option if anyone is sufficiently unhappy with the design as planned.

Obviously, this decision is not in line with the expressed preferences of the TAG, but I would like to thank the chairs and the HTML WG membership for their consideration of our concerns.

Noah

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2011Feb/0085.html
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2010Oct/0033.html
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