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Re: Why Design Principles?

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2009 21:51:47 +0000 (UTC)
To: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Cc: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0906032144580.16244@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Wed, 3 Jun 2009, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> > Larry wrote: 
> > < In 2007, an agreement was reached between WHATWG and W3C to
> > < work together on HTML, starting from the WHATWG document already
> > < under development. The W3C HTML was formed.
> That sequence of events is not chronologically accurate. The W3C HTML WG 
> was planned largely without formal input from the WHAT WG.

Actually this is an understatement. The W3C at no time contacted the 
WHATWG, and did not contact me until I had sent unsolicited input -- and 
even then, the contact was in the form of unofficial back-channel 
questions. I don't think the W3C ever officially acknowledged the 
existence of the WHATWG until the charter was published.

(Furthermore, many parts of my feedback were ignored; for instance, the 
timeline I put forward, which so far has proved quite accurate, was 
ignored in favour of a fantasy that would have us in CR right now (!)).

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