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Re: Proposal to Adopt HTML5

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 22:26:54 +0000 (UTC)
To: Bruce Boughton <bruce@bruceboughton.me.uk>
Cc: Sylvain Eliade <sylvain@eliade.net>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0704112218110.3480@dhalsim.dreamhost.com>

On Wed, 11 Apr 2007, Bruce Boughton wrote:
> >
> > If the HTML WG adopts the draft and me as editor, then the specs would 
> > evolve in lockstep, literally generated from the same source document.
> This sounds sensible.  However, what would happen if the HTML WG were to 
> change portions significantly from the WHATWG spec and the WHATWG did 
> not agree?  How can you have the two specs generated from the same 
> document if there is significant (hypothetical) disagreement?

Unless the HTML WG changed something in a way that was fundamentally 
incompatible with the WHATWG's goals (which are currently the same as the 
HTML WG's goals, so this would require a change of the HTML WG's goals, 
or a failure to follow our own design principles), the HTML WG decision 
would just be taken.

> Also, if there are two working groups working on one spec, then the 
> separation of them causes a huge artificial communications barrier.

Not really. The way that the WHATWG has been working isn't the way that 
most people imagine a working group to work. As an editor, I take input 
for every source I can -- bug databases, blogs, forums, mailing lists, 
research, lunch conversations, implementation feedback, personal e-mail, 
you name it -- and use all of that to influence the spec. The WHATWG 
mailing list is but one of many sources; the creation of the HTML working 
group here at the W3C merely adds another source of input, as far as I'm 
concerned. (Assuming that I become the editor, that is. Which I'd be happy 
to do, but that's up to the group to decide.)

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