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Section 6.9 with Ian Jacobs' suggested edits

From: Stephen Zilles <steve@zilles.org>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:16:48 +0100
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Because Ian Jacobs in his comments suggested a large number of edits to
section 6.9, I have attempted to apply all his suggestions (that were
accepted) and that result is below.

I have several concerns with this text, partly because the suggestion to
allow Rescinded Recommendations to be restored was not accepted. My concerns

1.     In the first paragraph, I find "undo" to be too unclear. Perhaps it
should read, "necessary to change the status of a Recommendation" and then
change, "severity of new advice" to "severity of new status advice"

2.     In the Rescinded Recommendation bullet, change, "and is extremely
unlikely to restore it." To "and does not intend to restore it to
Recommendation status."

3.     In the Obsoleted Recommendation bullet, change, "restore it" to
"restore it to Recommendation status"

4.     To respond to Florian's comment on "superseding" a recommendation,
add the following bullet as the second bullet in the list following "W3C
might obsolete a Recommendation when:"

*       A subsequent version has superseded this Recommendation, or

Steve Z

6.9 Obsoleting or Rescinding a W3C Recommendation

>From time to time, W3C may find it necessary to undo a Recommendation. W3C
uses a similar process but different terminology to distinguish the severity
of new advice.

-        "Rescinded Recommendation": W3C no longer recommends this
technology and is extremely unlikely to restore it.

-        "Obsoleted Recommendation": W3C no longer recommends this
technology but there is a reasonable chance W3C could restore it.


W3C might rescind a Recommendation when:

*       W3C concludes it contains many errors that conflict with a later
version, or

*       W3C discovers burdensome patent claims that affect implementers and
cannot be resolved; see the W3C Patent Policy
<https://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy>  [PUB33
> ] and in particular section 5
<https://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy#sec-Requirements>  (bullet 10)
and section 7.5
<https://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy#sec-PAG-conclude> .


W3C might obsolete a Recommendation when:

*       W3C concludes it no longer represents best practices, or

*       Industry has not adopted the technology and future adoption seems

W3C uses the same process for obsoleting or restoring a Recommendation. W3C
only rescinds or obsoletes entire Recommendations. To rescind or obsolete
some part of a Recommendation, W3C follows the process for modifying a
<https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/AB/raw-file/cfef536bff0d/cover.html#rec-modify> .

For the purposes of the W3C Patent Policy
<https://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy>  [PUB33
> ] an Obsolete Recommendation has the status of an active Recommendation,
although it is not recommended for future implementation; a Rescinded
Recommendation ceases to be in effect and no new licenses are granted under
the Patent Policy.

The Director may recommend obsoleting or rescinding a Recommendation. The
Director must begin a review of a proposal to obsolete, rescind, or restore
a Recommendation when requested to do so by any of the following:

*	The Working Group who produced, or is chartered to maintain, the
*	The TAG, if there is no such Working Group
*	Any individual who made a request to the relevant Working Group as
described above, or the TAG if such a group does not exist, to obsolete,
rescind, or restore a Recommendation, whose request was not answered within
90 days
*	5% of the members of the Advisory Committee

For any review of a proposal to obsolete rescind, or restore a
Recommendation the Director must:

*	Announce the proposal to all Working Group Chairs, and to the
*	indicate that this is a proposal to rescind, obsolete, or restore a
*	identify the Recommendation by URL.
*	publish a rationale for the proposal.
*	identify known dependencies and solicit review from all dependent
Working Groups
*	solicit public review
*	specify the deadline for review comments, which must be at least
four weeks after the Director's announcement

and should

*	identify known implementations

If there was any
dissent in Advisory Committee reviews, the Director must publish the
substantive content of the dissent to W3C and the public, and must formally
the dissent at least 14 days before publication as an Obsolete or Rescinded

The Advisory Committee
<https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/AB/raw-file/cfef536bff0d/cover.html#AC>  may
initiate an Advisory Committee Appeal
<https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/AB/raw-file/cfef536bff0d/cover.html#ACAppeal>  of
the Director's decision.

An Obsolete or Rescinded Recommendation must be published with up to date
status. The updated version may remove the main body of the document. The
Status of this Document section should link to an explanation of the
Obsolete or Rescinded status as appropriate.

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

Note: W3C strives to ensure that any Recommendation -- even obsoleted or
rescinded --  remains available at its original address with a status

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