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Re: Alt-Techniques Formal Objection Rationale

From: Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2012 16:00:14 +0100
Message-ID: <50AA497E.2050307@w3.org>
To: Lachlan Hunt <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
CC: public-html <public-html@w3.org>
Hi Lachlan!

On 19/11/2012 13:19 , Lachlan Hunt wrote:
> This email covers both of my objections to the alt-techniques spec,
> regarding publishing on the Rec track and contradicting HTML5. This
> outlines a few areas of contention and compares equivalent sections of
> both the alt-techniques and HTML5 drafts.

Having read through your list of issues, and taking into account the 
fact that you don't necessarily have the time to list all issues that 
you may find, am I nevertheless understanding correctly that your 
objection is to the conflict between HTML5 and AltTech, and not about 
the content of AltTech itself?

So if we either removed the guidance in HTML5 (pointing to AltTech 
instead) or folded AltTech into HTML5, can we assume that your objection 
would be addressed? (Of course where the content differs you may 
orthogonally still prefer one content over the other.)

Additionally, I am unclear about one part of your objection as initially 
stated[0]. You indicate that since the content in AltTech is guidelines, 
then it shouldn't be phrased normatively. It's unclear to me whether you 
object to AltTech having normative content because only HTML5 should be 
normative here, or because you feel nothing on this specific topic (or 
only parts of it) should ever be normative. (For instance, it could be 
suggested that only the requirements that can be machine-validated 
within reasonable assumptions about today's technology should be 
normative, whereas guidelines that can only be appreciated by sentient 
entities ought to remain as informative guidelines.) Can you please clarify?

[0] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-archive/2011May/0051.html

Robin Berjon - http://berjon.com/ - @robinberjon
Received on Monday, 19 November 2012 15:00:28 UTC

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