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[Bug 14363] Section 4.2.5.2 appears to be saying that conformance checkers must obtain the list of valid meta names by screen-scraping a public wiki? *Seriously*? That's a joke, right?

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John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu> changed:

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--- Comment #1 from John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu> 2011-10-03 15:43:49 UTC ---
W3C Reference URL:
http://www.w3.org/TR/2011/WD-html5-20110525/semantics.html#other-metadata-names

Outside of the crude method of data retrieval, I also have concerns over the
following section:

Status
   Ratified
      The name has received wide peer review and approval. 

Please define "wide peer review". At issue is the accuracy and validity of the
assertion of Ratified.

If I show it to a few of my friends via an IRC chat at 2:00 AM, and they all
agree that it looks good, does that constitute a wide peer review? Can I then
claim my newly minted metadata name Ratified? 


Proposal to resolve this bug:
Remove section "4.2.5.2 Other metadata names" from the W3C specification until
such time as a more robust method of adding metadata names to the collection is
established. 6 friends with the key to a public wiki hardly seems accountable
and would likely be ignored by conformance checkers due to the high overhead
imposed upon them to remain up-to-date.

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