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[Bug 13263] New: Issues that have no impact on conformance requirements can consume undue time and energy

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Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2011 20:51:45 +0000
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           Summary: Issues that have no impact on conformance requirements
                    can consume undue time and energy
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: working group Decision Policy
        AssignedTo: dave.null@w3.org
        ReportedBy: mjs@apple.com
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mjs@apple.com, Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com,
                    rubys@intertwingly.net, mike@w3.org

At times, tracker issues arise that have no material impact on either authoring
or implementation conformance. At times these are changes that the W3C Process
would class as "minor" rather than "substantive". 

The Process has much lower requirements for changes or issues that are not
substantive. Non-substantive changes need only diffs, not summary text, as
documentation when requesting transition. Non-substantive changes do not
require a return to Working Draft. And the W3C Process allows simple voting to
be used on non-substantive matters.

Treating Change Proposals that call for a non-substantive change the same as
any other a great deal of the group's and the chairs'  time and energy. It also
discourages participation from people who do not feel as strongly, even though
such changes are often simply matters of taste, and do not have a material
effect on the specification.

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