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Re: CfC: Adopt ISSUE-101 us-ascii-ref Change Proposal to replace ASCII reference

From: Jirka Kosek <jirka@kosek.cz>
Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 18:04:23 +0200
Message-ID: <4C17A487.4070801@kosek.cz>
To: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
CC: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> On 2010-06-15 13:05, Sam Ruby wrote:
>> We have a change proposal to replace the reference to RFC 1345 to a
>> reference to an ANSI or ISO spec that defines ASCII, such as
>> [ANSI.X3-4.1986]:
>> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2010Mar/0084.html
>> At the present time, we have no counter proposals. Accordingly, the
>> chairs are issuing a call for consensus at this time. If there are no
>> objections, we will adopt this change proposal on June 22, 2010.
> ANSI.X3.4-1986 is apparently nowhere to be found.  I even tried
> searching the ANSI website and their Standards Store for it, and came up
> with nothing at all.  Referencing a specification which, for all intents
> and purposes, is effectively non-existent and unavailable in any form
> would not be useful.  (It's probably printed and hidden in some archive
> somewhere, but still out of reach of most people).

And why not to reference ISO/IEC 646:1991? It is not freely available,
but you can buy it at


It is not unusual to reference ISO/IEC standards from W3C specs. In this
case I don't think it is a harm that the spec is not freely available.
It is not reasonable to expect someone will need to look inside it. It
is there just for a correct reference.


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