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Re: [whatwg] URL interop status and reference implementation demos

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:29:52 +0000 (UTC)
To: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
Message-ID: <alpine.DEB.2.00.1411190206510.7063@ps20323.dreamhostps.com>
Cc: whatwg@whatwg.org
On Tue, 18 Nov 2014, Sam Ruby wrote:
> Anne has kindly given me access to the directory on the server where the 
> url.spec lives.  I've started to move some of my work there.
> https://url.spec.whatwg.org/interop/urltest-results/

IMHO it's probably best to keep data like that on personal sites (or on 
the wiki) rather than on the spec's site. If it's on the spec's site and 
it starts getting out of date with no-one maintaining it, we'd want to 410 
it to reduce confusion, but then the data would be lost, which would be 
unfortunate. (That's why, for example, I put all my tests and demos on 
hixie.ch or damowmow.com, rather than on html.spec.whatwg.org.) You could 
use the wiki; that's essentially defined as the sandbox for the WHATWG, 
where stuff can easily get stale but isn't supposed to be treated as in 
any way authoritative (the FAQ notwithstanding).

> I also have a reference implementation I've been working on.

By reference implementation do you mean a normative one?

If it's just a regular implementation, then it should definitely not be on 
the WHATWG site, IMHO, since that would mislead other implementors into 
thinking it's special. If it's actually intended to be a true reference 
implementation, then that's interesting; is this intended to replace the 
spec in due course?

Generally I would recommend only putting specs on *.spec.whatwg.org.

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