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[TR] Substantive Change

From: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:40:10 -0700
Message-ID: <5272DC4A.8030709@inkedblade.net>
To: W3C Process Community Group <public-w3process@w3.org>
   # A substantive change (whether deletion, inclusion, or other modification)
   # is one where someone could reasonably expect that making the change would
   # invalidate an individual's review or implementation experience. Other
   # changes (e.g., clarifications, bug fixes, editorial repairs, and minor
   # error corrections) are minor changes.

If "substantive change" and "minor change" are meant to be mutually exclusive
(which it sounds like they are), then this paragraph is self-contradictory:
a bug fix, error correction, or clarification can be reasonably expected to
invalidate an individual's review or implementation experience if they had
read the spec previously as saying other than what the WG intended.

For example, let's say a step in the Flexbox algorithm forgot to mention
that the width should be clamped to the specified min/max constraints.
This is clearly an error from the WG's perspective. But someone implementing
based on the old text might have left out that step because it was not in
the spec originally. Thus this change is bot a "bug fix" and a "substantive

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