superseding a recommendation


in general, W3C Recommendations live forever as Recommendations. There is  
a process to rescind them, but there is no process to supersede them.  
Formally a new version of a spec at W3C doesn't have any way to replace an  
older one, which doesn't really make sense.

I think it would be useful to have such a process. I believe there are  
versioned specifications that don't actually supersede the previous  
version, such as some CSS modules, where the two versions live happily  
side-by-side. (What about HTML 3.2? Do people use it? Is that a good idea?  
Maybe we just need a spec for "HTML for email clients"...)

If we had such a process, what would we use it on? Should we just be more  
active about rescinding recommendations?



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Received on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 18:18:03 UTC