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[Bug 21920] New: make note on heading use clearer

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Date: Fri, 03 May 2013 15:21:38 +0000
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https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=21920

            Bug ID: 21920
           Summary: make note on heading use clearer
    Classification: Unclassified
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: PC
                OS: Windows NT
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P3
         Component: HTML5 spec
          Assignee: dave.null@w3.org
          Reporter: faulkner.steve@gmail.com
        QA Contact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-admin@w3.org,
                    public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org

comment on note at top of
http://www.w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/common-idioms.html#sub-head

comment from: http://html5doctor.com/howto-subheadings/#comment-34126

It's confusing because it isn't clear what the status is of a spec telling
authors “do not do this, but it isn't the case that you must not do it, nor
even the case that you should not do it”.

If I do do it, so what? Nobody can complain that I'm not meeting the spec's
requirements.

Or if somebody did wish me to follow commands such as that, they could request
that I write “valid HTML which complies with all ‘do not’ commands in the spec”
— which as well as being unweidly, also <i>de facto</i> introduces a third
level of conformance requirements.

If it's really something that authors shouldn't do, then make it a proper
conformance requirement. If it's OK for them to do it, don't tell them not to
do it.

If that makes sense to you and this is something you're interested in fixing,
feel free to copy my comment into a bug report, if that helps with the process.

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