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Re: Proposal to Adopt HTML5

From: Mike Schinkel <w3c-lists@mikeschinkel.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2007 21:32:17 -0400
Message-ID: <461D8C21.4060305@mikeschinkel.com>
To: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> Dear HTML Working Group,
> HTML5, comprising the Web Apps 1.0 and Web Forms 2.0 specifications, 
> is the product of many years of collaborative effort. It specifies 
> existing HTML4 markup and APIs with much clearer conformance criteria 
> for both implementations and documents. It specifies many useful 
> additions, in many cases drawing on features that have existed in 
> browser-based implementations for a long time. And it actively draws 
> on feedback from implementors and content authors. Therefore, we the 
> undersigned propose the following:
> - that the W3C HTML Working Group adops the WHAT Working Group's HTML5 
> as the starting point for further HTML development
> - that the W3C's next-generation HTML specification is officially 
> named "HTML 5"
> - that Ian Hickson is named as editor for the W3C's HTML 5 
> specification, to preserve continuity with the existing WHATWG effort
> If HTML5 is adopted as a starting point, the contents of the document 
> would still be up for review and revision, but we would start with the 
> existing text. A suitable next step might be a high-level review of 
> functionality added and removed relative to HTML4.01, followed by 
> focused discussion and review of individual topic areas, including 
> both content already in the spec and proposed new features. 
> Discussions should be guided by common principles along the lines of 
> <http://esw.w3.org/topic/HTML/ProposedDesignPrinciples>
This in effect addresses one of the concerns I voiced a few weeks back, 
so in that respect +1  (I'm assuming this would do away with the 
parallel set of specifications ad condense to just one.)

My only question is, what about the W3C patent policy? I thought that's 
why this had not been done already.  And I'd still like to see Dan 
Connolly and Chris Wilson continue on as chairs (as I'm not sure if 
changing them for Ian was part of the proposal or not.)

-Mike Schinkel
http://atlanta-web.org - http://t.oolicio.us

P.S. I will say if this does come to pass I hope the editor can be less 
dismissive of input in this WG as compared to on the WHATWG. :-)
Received on Thursday, 12 April 2007 01:32:37 UTC

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