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6.9 Obsoleting or Rescinding a W3C Recommendation

From: Stephen Zilles <szilles@adobe.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2016 20:52:53 +0000
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Here is the proposed text for adding Obsoleting a Recommendation to Rescinding a Recommendation. This is David Singer's text of 13 May with option A chosen; there was no support for option B. And, adding Wendy Saltzer's suggested addition to clarify that an Obsoleted Recommendation remains in effect (a Patent Policy term) and my addition to clarify that a Rescinded Recommendation "ceases to be in effect".

6.9 Obsoleting or Rescinding a W3C Recommendation

W3C may rescind a Recommendation, for example if the Recommendation contains many errors that conflict with a later version or if W3C discovers burdensome patent claims that affect implementers and cannot be resolved; see the W3C Patent Policy [PUB33] and in particular section 5 (bullet 10) and section 7.5.

W3C may obsolete a Recommendation, for example if the W3C Community decides that the Recommendation no longer represents best practices, or is not adopted and is unlikely to be adopted.

In this clause, the word 'retire' is used to refer to either obsoleting or rescinding a Recommendation. W3C only retires entire Recommendations. To retire some part of a Recommendation, W3C follows the process for modifying a Recommendation in section <<xref 6.7>>.

The process to retire a specification may be initiated:
a)      By anyone on request to the Working Group that owns it (if it exists) or the TAG, and that group agrees;
b)      By the Director;
c)      On the request of anyone if their request to the WG or TAG is not acted on within 90 days of the date of their request;
d)      By 5% of the Advisory Committee.

The Director must announce the proposal to retire a W3C Recommendation to other W3C groups using at least the mailing list for all chairs, the public, and by starting an Advisory Committee review. The announcement:
*       must indicate that this is a Proposal to Rescind, or a proposal to Obsolete, a Recommendation;
*       must identify the Recommendation (by stable URL);
*       must include the rationale for retiring the Recommendation;
*       should document known implementation;
*       must identify known dependencies and solicit review from all dependent Working Groups;
*       must solicit public review;
*       must specify the deadline for review comments, which must be at least four weeks after the Director's announcement.

After the AC review, the Director decides whether to proceed.

If there is any dissent in the Advisory Committee review, the Director must publish the substantive content of the dissent to W3C and the public, and must formally address the comment at least 14 days before any publication as a Retired Recommendation. The Advisory Committee may appeal the Director's decision.

A retired Recommendation must be published with up to date status. The status 'Rescinded' or 'Obsoleted' should link to a page explaining the meaning of the term.

An Obsoleted Recommendation is still deemed in effect, although it is not recommended for future implementation; a Rescinded Recommendation ceases to be in effect.

In the case of a Rescinded Recommendation, the updated version may remove the rescinded content (i.e. the main body of the document).

Once W3C has published a Rescinded Recommendation, future W3C technical reports must not include normative references to it.

Note: the original Recommendation document will continue to be available at its version-specific URL.

Original developed by David Singer, Forwarded by Steve Zilles
Received on Friday, 8 July 2016 20:53:27 UTC

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