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Re: ISSUE-56 (urls-webarch) - Chairs Solicit Alternate Proposals or Counter-Proposals

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2010 01:02:35 +0000 (UTC)
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Cc: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1003040043210.30667@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
On Wed, 3 Mar 2010, Julian Reschke wrote:
> > 
> > Note that this is an escalation of this bug:
> > 
> >     http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=8207
> > 
> > ...which was not rejected. I don't think anyone disagrees with the 
> > proposal, the problem is just that the text to be referenced -- the 
> > new IRI spec -- isn't done yet, so it's not possible to know _how_ to 
> > update the HTML5 spec.
> Actually, that change proposal includes a rewrite of the affected 
> section.

With all due respect, the proposed text is so confusing I don't even know 
how to begin to review it. The biggest problem is that since the 
underlying text (the new IRI spec) isn't yet done, there's no way to know 
if the new text is accurate or not. For example, right now the IRI spec 
'Web Address processing' section is destructive to invalid absolute URLs, 
but I can't tell if that's a bug in the proposed IRI text, the proposed 
replacement text for HTML5, or something else.

There's no point putting the roof on this house. We're still building it. 

Trying to update the "URL" definitions in the HTML5 spec is premature.

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