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Re: OFFICIAL PROTEST - Current Editor's Draft MUST be a W3C document

From: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2010 17:43:10 -0400
Message-ID: <4CC89CEE.8060706@digitalbazaar.com>
To: public-html@w3.org
CC: John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>
On 10/27/2010 02:42 PM, John Foliot wrote:
> Chairs,
> I must strenuously protest that today the official W3C Editor's Draft
> Specification (http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/) is currently pointing to the
> WHATWG specification, which includes a number of items that are
> specifically *NOT* included in the W3C Draft, including the addition of
> Microdata (http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#microdata)
> and references to WebSRT
> (http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/#websrt-cue-text-render
> ing-rules) - a format in particular that the Accessibility Task Force
> media sub-team have been persistent and explicit in ensuring *NOT* be
> added to the Draft Specification at this time.
> I personally would rather see a black 404 page than to have the W3C
> pointing to this document, which does not reflect the W3C specification
> nor it's consensus based approach. At the very least, it should point to
> the most current W3C Working Draft at
> http://www.w3.org/TR/2010/WD-html5-20100624/ 
> When specifically can we expect this to be corrected?

I made the changes that you suggested to the latest HTML5 Editor's Draft
on dev.w3.org:

revision 1.1317
date: 2010/10/27 21:02:25;  author: msporny;  state: Exp;  lines: +2 -2
Changed warning for HTML5 spec.html to point to latest W3C working draft.

I was then asked to revert those changes by W3C Management until a more
permanent solution can be found, which I did out of respect for the
team, the community, and the process.

revision 1.1318
date: 2010/10/27 21:28:29;  author: msporny;  state: Exp;  lines: +1 -1
W3M has requested that I revert my changes to the HTML5 spec. Reverting
to warning re-directing to WHATWG version of the HTML5 spec.

Giving the general public the impression that the WHATWG version of the
HTML5 specification has reached the same level of consensus as the W3C
version of the HTML5 specification smacks of disrespect to the 800+
participants on the HTML WG mailing list, is incorrect, misleading and

I am reverting to the previous version of the specification out of
respect to W3 Management. I firmly believe that the misleading warning
is utter bullshit and hope that the HTML WG Chairs can quickly execute
upon a permanent solution to this issue.

-- manu

Manu Sporny (skype: msporny, twitter: manusporny)
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