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Re: ACTION-95, ISSUE-65: Plan to publish a new WD of HTML-5

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 18:13:20 -0500
Message-ID: <49823810.1040100@mit.edu>
To: Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com>
CC: Karl Dubost <karl+w3c@la-grange.net>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Robin Berjon wrote:
> In the spirit of tiptoeing around the situation some more, I'd like to 
> point out that Working Drafts are NEVER normative. Only Recommendations 
> are.

While true, a Working Draft is ipso facto something that is intended to 
become a Recommendation if it gathers consensus.

> I understand the arguments for sync and I understand the arguments for 
> splits. But there's no reason we have to decide now. Since this WG is 
> populated with people who have enough time on their hands to discuss 
> issues of little relevance to the actual technologies, paying attention 
> to an extra document shouldn't tax anyone's resources. So push the draft 
> out and see how things go. No kitten will be harmed.

As I said before, as long as there is a concrete plan for not ending up 
with two Recommendations that are both normative and cover the same 
ground, I'm fine with that.

I just don't want a situation where right now people say that it doesn't 
matter because it's just a Working Draft and when it gets to be in Last 
Call they claim that it's too late to object to the normative status or 
the scope.

Received on Thursday, 29 January 2009 23:14:20 UTC

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