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HTML CHANGE PROPOSAL; change definition of URL to normative reference to IRIBIS

From: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2009 12:20:22 -0800
To: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
CC: "PUBLIC-IRI@W3.ORG" <PUBLIC-IRI@w3.org>, "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
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I have updated the proposed draft charter for IRI work in IETF:


to explicitly calls for the resulting document as being
suitable as a normative reference from HTML, and points
to a draft of HTML Editor Requirements at the end of

Please review, accept, or update as necessary, the "HTML 
Editor Requirements" prior to IETF chartering of the
working group next Tuesday Nov 10.  

Assuming the liaison and requirements are acceptable as
part of the IETF IRI working group charter and we find
sufficient volunteers for editing, reviewing nad chairing,

I offer a (vague, but I think workable) 


Based on assuming
that those requirements are met: please replace the
definition of URL in the HTML5 specification and all 
descriptions of URL processing in the HTML5 specification
with specific references to the [IRIBIS] document.

I think this includes sections such as

* Determine whether a string best matches Relative
  or Absolute, e.g., one might say:
  "Determine whether Absolute or Relative as per [IRIBIS]"

* Determine whether a string is or isn't valid an IRI
  "Determine whether valid as per [IRIBIS]"

* Offer heuristics for interpreting a user input
  or other unvalidated string as an IRI
  "User agents MAY interpret invalid strings as if
  they were valid in cases where the input is 
  not otherwise validated, as per [IRIBIS]"

* Resolve a relative IRI against a base

As far as timing goes:

Whenever you have a normative specification to another
specification which is, itself, under development,
there is some coordination necessary, but this request
is based on the assumption that it isn't necessary
to wait for the IRIBIS process to complete in order
for HTML5 to go to last call prior to its publication
as Proposed Recommendation.

If there is not an IETF working group to update these
documents such that they are suitable for reference
by the HTML working group, then an appropriate change
proposal would be to put back in the HTML5-only
URL parsing algorithm that was there before the
[WEBADDRESS] specification was split out.

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