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Re: preparing WG publication

From: Edward O'Connor <hober0@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2010 10:31:59 -0700
Message-ID: <AANLkTinqHrxBaQkXMVH7OUcfE0eDL9xnJf9vbwumOoeO@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Simpson, Grant Leyton" <glsimpso@indiana.edu>
Cc: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
Grant wrote:
> Will the expected process be to harmonize the differences between the
> W3C and the WHATWG specs? Will this be formalized in any way[…]?

We're chartered to "actively pursue convergence with WHATWG,"[1] so
yes—more-or-less—with the caveat that, while the HTML WG is working on
HTML5, the WHATWG is also working on HTML beyond what will end up in the
snapshot called HTML5. So, assuming we achieve our goal of convergence,
the HTML WG's HTML5 spec will be a subset of the WHATWG's HTML spec.

You might want to read what the editor wrote about this back in the
early days of the HTML WG.[2]

Leonard wrote:
> I think that any references to the WHATWG "version" of the document
> should be removed from W3C communications and documents.

Given our goal to actively pursue convergence, it's reasonable for both
documents to link to each other.


P.S. Why the scare quotes around version? [Please direct replies to this
     P.S. to www-archive.]

1. http://www.w3.org/2007/03/HTML-WG-charter.html#conformance

   Oddly, section 4 "Relationship to External Groups" has no ID, so it's
   less cite-able than other parts of the charter.

2. http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2007Apr/0025.html
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