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Re: warnings on outdated specs/docs

From: Birkir Gunnarsson <birkir.gunnarsson@deque.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:35:57 -0400
Message-ID: <CA++QhYw8WNaJDaZyFzbVHsrG442gfnYWrd5ObPyzitOOibD_ag@mail.gmail.com>
To: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Cc: "public-w3process@w3.org" <public-w3process@w3.org>, "W3C WAI Protocols & Formats" <public-pfwg@w3.org>
Yes please.
The URLs to latest spec of a document are available from any document,
so an observant person would notice if that URL does not match the URL
of "this document".
But that is not explicit enough in my opinion.
Ideally, every document should have a clear publication date in its
All documents that are not the latest version should have a warning
along the lines of
"This is not the latest version of this document, the latest version
can be found at x" .. where x is the URL.
It would add another task to the process of publishing an updated
document, but it should only take a couple of seconds.

On 3/25/15, Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com> wrote:
> The w3c has literally thousands and thousands of versions of the many specs
> that are produced, Every outdated document is a source of possible error,
> confusion and misinformation for consumers (of all types) of this
> information.
> Some adhoc attempts to mitigate the issue has been occuring by individual
> editors and working groups.
> Is there a  consortium wide policy to have warnings and associated clearly
> labelled links to latest versions on documents that are stale? If not can
> we make this a thing?
> --
> Regards
> SteveF
> HTML 5.1 <http://www.w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/>
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