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Re: Polyglot Markup Formal Objection Rationale

From: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2012 14:31:20 +0100
To: Smylers <Smylers@stripey.com>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <20121105143120423627.7cbf2b0d@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Smylers, Mon, 5 Nov 2012 12:37:37 +0000:
> The definition of the term "polyglot markup" is in a section explicitly
> marked as non-normative in the current draft spec, despite being linked
> to from elsewhere in that document as a definition:
> http://www.w3.org/TR/2012/WD-html-polyglot-20121025/#dfn-polyglot-markup
> I think it's confusing that this definition _isn't_ normative, and I
> don't understand what linking to a non-normative definition means, or
> how there can be normative requirements for creating something which
> doesn't itself have a normative definition.

I believe that it is common, in specs, to denote principles (because 
this is a principle and not a definition, I would say) as 
non-normative. I believe this is also the way the HTML5 spec is 

> Incidentally, the latest working draft, dated October 25th, has a red
> box pointing at the editor's draft being more up to date:
> http://www.w3.org/TR/2012/WD-html-polyglot-20121025/
> But the editor's draft it links to is dated July 9th:
> http://dev.w3.org/html5/html-xhtml-author-guide/

Please file a bug.
leif h silli
Received on Monday, 5 November 2012 13:31:59 UTC

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