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Re: An HTML language specification

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 21:11:51 +0000 (UTC)
To: John Kemp <john.kemp@nokia.com>
Cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>, www-tag@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0811212108580.2717@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Fri, 21 Nov 2008, John Kemp wrote:
> All I was suggesting was that the exact same HTML5 language which is 
> being defined in the current HTML5 draft is put into a separate 
> document, describing only the actual language. I believe that is what 
> Michael has already attempted.
> I fail to see how that particular operation affects the possibility to 
> achieve well-defined specifications or interoperable implementations.

Mike's document doesn't contain implementation requirements. I'm not sure 
how to extend Mike's pattern to a spec that also includes implementation 
requirements. For a simple example, consider <video src="">, whose 
implementation definition is deeply integrated with the definition of the 
HTMLMediaElement API. How would you separate the two cleanly?

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