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Re: Who is the Intended Audience of the Markup Spec Proposal?

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2009 15:19:20 +0200
Cc: public-html <public-html@w3.org>
Message-Id: <671F28CB-08E4-4ECD-BC20-3B8F92AB5729@iki.fi>
To: Michael (tm) Smith <mike@w3.org>

On Jan 27, 2009, at 05:12, Michael(tm) Smith wrote:
> But as it stands now, the draft is in part a conscious attempt at  
> experimenting a bit with doing things a little differently -- at
> trying to offer a contrasting alternatives to test both some of the  
> assumptions/choices that went into the design of the HTML5
> spec (e.g., the choice you made to use prose descriptions for the  
> content models) and also those that went into the HTML4 spec (in
> terms of that document's scope and structure).

To me, the it looks more than experimenting "a bit". Implementing the  
system for producing "HTML 5: The Markup Language" seems like no small  

I think others could better understand the reasons in favor of  
publishing "HTML 5: The Markup Language" as a WD claiming normativity  
if you could elaborate on why you judged this experiment important  
enough to commit so much effort to it.

I realize that everyone decides what they volunteer their time for,  
but the choice of taking the initiative to re-express an area that  
"HTML 5" already covers seems significant when considered in the  
context of the possibility of opting to edit areas that aren't yet  
covered, such as the rendering section to name one that actually  
overlaps with the *informative* parts of "HTML 5: The Markup  
Language". I'd like to understand the significance better.

Henri Sivonen
Received on Tuesday, 27 January 2009 13:20:10 UTC

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