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Working on the "core" HTML spec…

From: Chaals McCathie Nevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:59:59 +0200
To: "HTML for email CG" <public-htmail@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.ykhh59hqs7agh9@chaals-osx2.local>
Hi,

One thing people might like to do is propose changes to the core HTML  
specification. Since I co-chair the W3C's Web Platform Working Group who  
maintains that specification, I thought it might be helpful to explain how  
that group works… (I'll try to find someone to do the same for CSS)

The specification is on github, and the preferred means for feedback is to  
raise an issue:
https://github.com/w3c/html/issues
(please do a quick search to see if your issue is already known…)

There is at least one issue tagged "HTML email" - a tag I can put onto any  
issue so we can track them:
https://github.com/w3c/html/labels/HTML%20email

If your issue is clearly related to email I will tag it.

Nothing will be added to the HTML specification unless it has  
interoperable implementation - before that you should incubate it in an  
appropriate community such as this one.

You should provide some sense of what needs to change in the HTML  
specification, what problem this solves for whom, who implements the  
proposal, who supports it, and some test(s) that can be used to work out  
whether an implementation has done it right.

After that there may be a formal "Call for Consensus" of the Working  
Group, or if there is an obvious consensus it may just be taken up by the  
editors and added to a milestone.

If you are proposing a substantial change, it is helpful if you either  
join the Working Group, or make an IPR commitment - W3C takes seriously  
its goal of ensuring that we don't put things in specifications without a  
Royalty-Free licensing commitment over any IPR. If you're not a W3C  
member, email me and I can explain the process, which is not very onerous.

If you want to float an idea for HTML in front of browser implementors,  
get help specifying it, etc, you are welcome to do so in the Web Platform  
Incubator Community Group:
https://discourse.wicg.io

The Working Group is in the process of finalising HTML 5.1, and beginning  
work on HTML 5.2. The current plans are to produce a "W3C Recommendation"  
every year or two, which covers things that are implemented,  
interoperable, and still agreed to be good ideas. We are also trying to  
modularise HTML - so if you want to propose a big new thing, it's likely  
that we'll ask for it as a "module" that can be integrated mostly by  
reference, rather than adding 7000 lines to the HTML specification itself.

cheers

Chaals

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Received on Tuesday, 12 July 2016 11:00:41 UTC

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