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

From: Håkon Wium Lie <howcome@opera.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009 00:17:35 +0100
Message-ID: <18818.14607.445611.133129@opera.com>
To: Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com>
Cc: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@MIT.EDU>, Karl Dubost <karl+w3c@la-grange.net>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Also sprach Robin Berjon:

 > > On the other hand, no one has replied to the "it's not clear what  
 > > the reasoning behind having this first draft be normative is, so it  
 > > sounds like there are ulterior motives that are not being disclosed"  
 > > questions that were raised...  Those questions were basically trying  
 > > to tiptoe about the above characterization of the situation, as far  
 > > as I can tell.
 > 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.

WDs themselves claim to have normative and non-normative parts. E.g.,
search for "normative" in this document:


So, while the WD isn't a Rec until it's a Rec, the text in the WD
certainly has to be conscious of whether -- and what parts -- it plans
to make normative.

              Håkon Wium Lie                          CTO °þe®ª
howcome@opera.com                  http://people.opera.com/howcome
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