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Re: Web Storage's Normative References and PR / REC

From: Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:12:19 -0500
Message-ID: <1362769939.2067.164.camel@chacal>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: Arthur Barstow <art.barstow@nokia.com>, Yves Lafon <ylafon@w3.org>, public-webapps <public-webapps@w3.org>
On Fri, 2013-03-08 at 18:23 +0000, Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Thu, 7 Mar 2013, Philippe Le Hegaret wrote:
> > 
> > The goal is to demonstrate that the materials referenced are stable and 
> > any change to those references won't have an impact on the 
> > recommendations.
> What do you mean by "stable"?

If a specification is using an external feature that has been around for
a while, without substantial changes to its name or definition and with
implementation, the likelihood that it will change is drastically lower.
As such, it is considered more stable than a feature with no
implementation or with a definition that changes every 6 months. So
anything that can help mitigate the risk with regards to change to other
specifications is helpful for the evaluation.

>  If we find something wrong with a REC, we 
> still need to change it, since otherwise browsers are going to implement 
> things that are wrong...

I agree, and we should look into adding tests as well.

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