Re: RfC: how to organize the DOM specs [Was: CfC: publish new WD of DOM Core]

On 09/07/2011 05:09 PM, Aryeh Gregor wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 4, 2011 at 9:12 AM, Arthur Barstow<>  wrote:
>> Some members of the group consider the D3E spec as the highest priority of
>> our DOM-related specs and they have put considerable resources into that
>> spec. Doug and Jacob will continue to lead that spec effort, and as I
>> understand it, a CR for D3E is imminent. I expect the group to help progress
>> that spec.
>> At the same time, others members have put substantial resources into DOM
>> Core (and closely related functionality such as DOM Range). Naturally, they
>> want to preserve that investment and I support that work continuing.
> The real question is not who's invested what, it's what browsers will
> implement.  If we're moving toward a situation where IE will implement
> D3E and everyone else will implement DOM Core's idea of events,
What is the real difference in D3E and DOM4's "idea of events"?
Just some different syntax for initialization (new Event() ), which I
see as an additional feature on top of D3E.

Features in D3E are actively being implemented also in non-IE browsers.

> both groups will claim to be implementing "the standard", that's an
> absolutely terrible idea and we need to put a stop to it right now.
> If the only real reason for it is because different editors or
> employers have made investments in different bodies of spec text,
> instead of because browser implementers actually disagree on what they
> should implement, that's even worse.  I would object in the strongest
> terms to progressing any standard to CR if it contains features that
> are specified differently in a different standard, if it looks
> plausible that different implementers will follow different versions.
> (I have not looked at the content of D3E or DOM Core, though, so I
> can't say specifically how bad the situation would be if this
> happened, nor which should be retired in favor of the other.)

Atm the situation isn't bad, IMHO. DOM4 just adds something on top
of D3E.


Received on Friday, 9 September 2011 10:29:06 UTC