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

From: Michael(tm) Smith <mike@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2008 18:52:49 +0900
To: Nikunj Mehta <nikunj.mehta@oracle.com>
Cc: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20081119095249.GF18471@toro.w3.mag.keio.ac.jp>

"Michael(tm) Smith" <mike@w3.org>, 2008-11-19 18:25 +0900:

> The draft markup spec I put together is in part an attempt at
> trying to lead by example a little -- in that there has been some
> potential need expressed for a separate language spec without a
> focus on browser implementation details, and nobody else had
> stepped forward to produce a draft to try to address that.

I realize after sending this that I should clarify that statement.

Lachlan Hunt has been working on a guide[1] that focuses on the
needs of authors instead of implementors -- and, at our face-to-
face meeting, guiding a discussion with the group about it.


It's not the kind of splitting-out of parts of spec that we've
been discussing, but it does make the same point that I was trying
to make in my message, in that Lachlan took personal initiative in
taking time to put it together instead of waiting/expecting for
somebody else to get around to doing it.

I think if the group ends up delivering an authoring guide, it
might likely be of more direct value to the wider community of
authors and Web developers than anything else we produce.

The draft markup spec I put together has a very different scope
than that. In particular, the intent of it is for it to serve as a
normative definition of the syntax and structure and semantics of
HTML, without attempting to be an detailed authoring guide.

As can be seen from recent discussion here, we don't have
agreement as a group that we should actually produce a separate
normative "markup spec" at all, nor that the details of it should
be anything like those in my draft.


Michael(tm) Smith
Received on Wednesday, 19 November 2008 09:53:29 UTC

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