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

From: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2008 14:28:48 -0800
Message-ID: <4925E4A0.6000901@sicking.cc>
To: Nikunj Mehta <nikunj.mehta@oracle.com>
CC: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Nikunj Mehta wrote:
> Feedback from implementors *must* be taken in to account. However, I did 
> not know that there is a requirement that HTML5 cannot break itself 
> /yet/. Of course, care must be taken that any damage is controlled, but 
> I would like to clarify what the W3C process around editing the draft is.

Yup, several parts of HTML5 have been so interesting that multiple 
implementations already exist. One of the biggest success stories is 
postMessage which I think all of IE, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Chrome 
all have implementations in stable or beta releases.

The application offline spec I think also has two implementations, one 
in Webkit and one in Firefox.

The W3C process still does allow for the spec to change at will given 
the early stage the HTML5 draft is in. However making any changes at 
this point would be very impractical and probably delay deployment 
significantly (about a year for Firefox).

/ Jonas
Received on Thursday, 20 November 2008 22:31:39 UTC

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