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Deprecating the old pubrules on Aug 1st, 2016

From: Denis Ah-Kang <denis@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2016 15:41:50 +0400
To: Spec-prod <spec-prod@w3.org>, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>, Marcos Caceres <marcos@marcosc.com>, shane@spec-ops.io
Cc: Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>, Antonio Olmo Titos <antonio@w3.org>, Ted Guild <ted@w3.org>
Message-ID: <57501B7E.1010403@w3.org>

When the 2014 process document was released [1], we agreed on a 2-year
transition period in which WGs could still operate under the 2005
process. Starting from August 1st, all the WGs must use the 2015
process document.
Since we no longer want to invest resources in maintaining the old
pubrules [2], we think the end of the transition period is a good
opportunity to make Specberus [3] the official TR document checker.

The latest version of Specberus is now available at:

That version is still missing a few pieces (docs and rules) and contains
a couple of bugs but we will take care of fixing everything in the next

The major changes you will see are:
- a new UI
- only the process document 2015 supported
- only HTML5 documents supported. Since 2015, only a handful of
documents are still being published in HTML4 or XHTML1.0, and since
supporting these doctypes is too costly in terms of resources, we
prefer to help people migrate their documents to HTML5
- the service getdocrdf (e.g. [4]) being replaced with an API producing
JSON. If you rely on that service, do let me know and I will show you
how to do the migration. Note, tr.rdf remains untouched.

In terms of new features, Specberus provides a REST API [5] you can use
to check your documents (e.g. [6]) or extract their metadata (e.g. [7]).

If you are planning to publish new documents on /TR in the upcoming
weeks, I strongly suggest you to run it through the new pubrules and
report bugs on github [8].

Marcos, Shane and Tab, Echidna is already using Specberus to check
documents before publishing them so I don't expect major problem
for Respec and Bikeshed but let me know if I overlooked something.

As usual, feel free to ping us on irc (#pub) if there's any problem
with the new pubrules.


[1] https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/chairs/2014JulSep/0048.html
[2] https://www.w3.org/2005/07/pubrules
[3] https://github.com/w3c/specberus
[5] https://github.com/w3c/specberus/blob/master/README.md#5-rest-api
[8] https://github.com/w3c/specberus/issues
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