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RE: ISSUE-59: normative-language-reference FPWD

From: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2009 09:02:29 -0800
To: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <8B62A039C620904E92F1233570534C9B0118C8472A06@nambx04.corp.adobe.com>

I am in favor of making the document "HTML 5: The Markup Language" available
for wider review by the W3C membership and public as a First Public Working Draft,
following the open standards process in the W3C.

I suggest that the editor first add to "Status of this Document" a note that
there is some controversy within the HTML working group about the intended
status of this document as a normative reference, and about its relationship
with the other Editor's Draft also published by the working group.

I think the attempts to maneuver the resolution of this controversy by objecting
to the publication of the document for wider review as a FPWD are inappropriate
and counter to the goals of an open standards process.  The entrenched positions
of the vocal members of the committee are known. It's time to ask for wider

Michael Smith has edited a document which has the appearances of being a valuable
reference and which seems to be a desirable specification from the point of view
of a substantial subset of the web community.  Publish it.

Received on Friday, 23 January 2009 17:03:11 UTC

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