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separate HTML 5 editor procedures evolving

From: Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 08:52:42 -0500
Message-ID: <643cc0270907220652p2333b6det9633d50899b1631b@mail.gmail.com>
To: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
Because of a discussion begun here, but moved to www-archives,
procedures are beginning to emerge[1] for how to become an active
editor of the HTML 5 specification. At this time point in time, it's a
good idea to move the discussion of specifics back into this space.

Just to point out previous discussion on this topic:

Michael Smith can help you with getting an account, as per the
discussions at the RDFa email list:


Sam Ruby has mentioned in this discussion about 3 or more people
getting behind each draft before proposing adoption from this group,
just to demonstrate that there's enough interest to make the time
spent on the effort worthwhile.

In the the thread is a practical discussion about how to manage the
changes. Note you do have to be experienced with Unix (or Mac OS X
Terminal) to follow most of the discussion, as well as having worked
with CVS. However, as the discussion continues and suggestions are
refined, hopefully none of this will provide a hinderance to anyone.

Some collaboration on drafts is also beginning.

The overall procedure would see to be to get an account for the W3C
development space, to check out the existing HTML 5 working space
using CVS, to either start fresh, make copies, use XSLT or other
procedures being defined to either edit a whole new document, or one
section, and then when satisfied, to submit your work to the group.

At that time, consensus may occur to either accept or reject your
work. Barring consensus, a vote will occur.

There is still an issue that the Editor draft of the HTML 5
specification could be edited while the vote is underway, as there is
no freeze procedure. Hopefully edits will be occurring in sections not
currently involved in the vote, and then the work will end up merged.
Ian has stated he will abide by any vote in this group. I'm taking
that to mean that he won't be makin edits to sections currently
involved in a vote.

There's also some discussion of taking these new bits and creating one
single mashed up document, which will then be placed against the
Editor draft, as a whole, for a final vote, but again, this part of
the procedure is a bit uncertain. I believe that a procedure where
sections are incorporated into the Editor draft as they happen would
be the better approach, but that's just a suggestion. In the end there
may be more than 2 versions of an HTML 5 specification up for vote.

If' I've mistaken any of the evolving procedures, please clarify in
follow-up email.


[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-archive/2009Jul/0144.html
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