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proposal: have W3C HTML5 reference dated WHATWG URL standard rather than W3C copy

From: Tantek Çelik <tantek@cs.stanford.edu>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:31:09 -0700
Message-ID: <CAEV2_WYujeUGHJA0v3HHj5njEd1sqqeMQspCJ6CyzZBR6Fj_iQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
Cc: David Baron <dbaron@mozilla.com>
Dear HTMLWG,

Summary of specific proposal:

I propose that W3C HTML5 be updated to normatively reference[1] the
dated WHATWG URL standard[2] instead of the W3C WebApps WG copy[3].

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/2014/PR-html5-20140916/references.html#refsURL
[2] https://whatwg.org/specs/url/2014-07-30/
[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/url/

I leave the informative language around/in that reference up to editor
discretion.


Longer:

It will better benefit web developers and browser implementers if we
as a working group directly normatively reference the dated WHATWG URL
standard rather than the derivative copy of it being developed in the
W3C WebApps WG.

Referencing the dated WHATWG URL standard complies with the W3C's
normative reference policy's requirements for stability.

I think this is a good policy to implement immediately for W3C HTML5,
and any additional specifications produced by the HTMLWG that need to
normatively reference a spec for URLs.

Furthermore I don't think it is worth W3C's limited resources to work
on a copy/paste/modify version of the WHATWG URL standard, and thus
suggest we as a working group suggest to W3C WebApps WG to drop work
on [3] and to refer clients of that directly to [2] instead.

Thank you for your consideration,

Tantek Çelik
Mozilla
Received on Thursday, 25 September 2014 05:32:17 UTC

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