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Re: Why "Platform Core" and "HTML5" are in the same spec

From: Toby A Inkster <tai@g5n.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2008 00:18:07 +0000
Message-Id: <58EC0EDF-17FA-4FF1-8EB5-C9519B2A0EF6@g5n.co.uk>
To: public-html@w3.org

Ian Hickson wrote:

> On Mon, 17 Nov 2008, Nikunj Mehta wrote:
> > SQL (5.10.2) and unstructured storage (5.10.1) are good examples.  
> The only
> > reasons for keeping these parts in the HTML5 spec that I have  
> seen are
> > that these pieces are stable and the same editor would be working on
> > these sections as the Platform Core. Neither sound good enough  
> reasons
> > to me.
> They're not particularily good reasons, but splitting those two  
> parts up
> would delay progress by a year or more, and that is unacceptable IMHO.

I would have thought that splitting out, say, the SQL stuff into a  
separate specification might allow the HTML spec to reach completion  
sooner as it would not be held back by a tangental area that clearly  
still needs a lot of work before it could be considered a fully  
usable specification. Splitting it out would allow people working on  
the SQL spec time to decide and write up exactly which subset of SQL  
is supported without worrying about holding up the entire project.  
Such decisions and documentation would surely be very important for  
the production of multiple interoperable implementations of a  
candidate recommendation.

Toby A Inkster
Received on Wednesday, 19 November 2008 00:19:17 UTC

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