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Re: Publication of specifications as HTML5

From: Liam R E Quin <liam@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 14:16:33 -0400
To: Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com>
Cc: Karl Dubost <karl+w3c@la-grange.net>, Richard Ishida <ishida@w3.org>, spec-prod@w3.org, ayg@aryeh.name, Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>, Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1314209793.554.144.camel@desktop.barefootcomputing.com>
On Wed, 2011-08-24 at 14:21 +0200, Robin Berjon wrote:

> I may have missed it but I don't think that anyone is suggesting that
> all new drafts should be forced to use HTML5, simply that it be
> allowed in pubrules.

Yes, I agree. I'm sorry if I wasn't clear. I don't want to see
Recommendations on /TR using markup features that are defined only by
working drafts, just as we don't normally allow a normative reference
from a Recommendation to a Working Draft.

Obviously if the HTML 5 spec uses HTML 5, by the time HTML 5 is a
Recommendation, the markup used by the HTML 5 spec will also be a
Recommendation :-) and there isn't a problem. Similarly for any spec
with a normative dependency on HTML 5.

It's not about who can shout loudest to say their spec is stable -
pretty much everyone thinks their spec is stable at last call, because
that's what last call means; very often there are normative changes
afterwards because of people outside the WG. But in any case, for me,
the policy question of changing pubrules is not about HTML 5 but about
the general principle of whether the markup language of a specification
is in itself in effect a dependency.

If it is not, then we should be allowed to edit pages on /TR, and in
that case if HTML 5 were to change, any specs written in HTML 5 could be

I'd be equally happy with either approach, by the way - early adopters
of draft standards need to be willing for the ground to change under
their feet: it's the nature of the game.


Liam Quin - XML Activity Lead, W3C, http://www.w3.org/People/Quin/
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