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Re: Differences between the W3C and WHATWG specifications

From: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2010 15:29:37 -0500
Message-ID: <AANLkTinA-ZMNokBVUAhTK_kYgtgx0_WtRvq0nlLjNw67@mail.gmail.com>
To: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Hi Sam,

> I understand that Ian fixed a bug.

Okay. Good.

> What I don't understand (and the
> context here is the topic of convergence) is why Ian agreed to fix that
> bug, but only in the W3C copy of the spec.  Either there is a problem
> with it or there is not.  To fix it in just one spec is, in itself, an
> indication that convergence is *NOT* felt to be an important criteria.

I hope convergence is important to all.

> In short, I believe that if we are jointly pursuing convergence, each
> every difference merits having a fully documented rationale.

That would be a start to a common understanding of individual
differences; but not the overarching matter of convergence. If the
goal is true convergence, we need to eliminate all differences and
have one spec.

I guess a fundamental question is: can decisions made via the decision
policy apply not only for the HTMLWG but also for WHATWG? Ian, do you
foresee that as a possibility? If that can happen we have a solution.
Two specs are not needed.

Best Regards,
Laura L. Carlson
Received on Friday, 18 June 2010 20:30:04 UTC

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