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Re: Dropping Microdata entirely

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Mon, 07 Dec 2009 07:53:21 -0800
Cc: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-id: <68751726-88CF-4BF1-BEDE-37CE32D3D3A8@apple.com>
To: Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>

On Dec 7, 2009, at 7:45 AM, Shelley Powers wrote:

> Ian is confused about Manu's proposal, and I think you might want to
> provide some clarification on this. When he asked me in the other
> thread about supporting Manu's proposal, he seemed to believe this
> means that if Manu's proposal goes through, a separate specification
> for Microdata is automatically created, and proposed for FPWD and LC.
> From Ian's email[1]
> "I think you misunderstood Maciej's response.
> The net effect of Manu's change proposal would be a spec for Microdata
> being proposed for FPWD and LC."
> From what you've said, this isn't true. As you've said, this would
> require that further action be taken in order for this to happen.
> Can you and/or the other chairs provide clarification?

I've asked my fellow co-chairs to help provide a ruling on part of  
this issue. Specifically, I think the question is whether adopting  
Manu's proposal would imply an automatic resolution by the Working  
Group to publish a First Public Working Draft of the split spec, or if  
a separate FPWD resolution would be required. After thinking about it,  
I can see arguments both ways. I can understand that this would affect  
many people's willingness to support Manu's proposal, so we should  
settle on an answer to this one way or the other. I expect future  
Change Proposals may also call for splits, so it would be good to  
clear this up for the future as well.

I can tell you right now that publishing a First Public Working Draft,  
whether via Change Proposal or otherwise, does not commit the Working  
Group to go to Last Call on anything. Publishing a Working Draft does  
not create an automatic commitment to advance further on the standards  
track. Per Process however, we do have to eventually either advance to  
Last Call and beyond, or publish a WG Note indicating no further work.  
I don't think anything we do now can pre-commit us to publish a future  
draft as a Last Call Working Draft.

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