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Re: Editor's notes

From: Shane McCarron <shane@spec-ops.io>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:46:49 -0600
Message-ID: <CAJdbnOBoXGz2iz+PtOTNamYD=0QRQAyJO37SpqF7k7oMZ_yHQQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Marcos Caceres <w3c@marcosc.com>
Cc: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>, Michael Cooper <cooper@w3.org>, spec-prod <spec-prod@w3.org>
Let's not forget that sometimes ednotes are NOT issues.  They are things
like "Ed. Note: This section was moved from location X to location Y as per
the discussion at meeting Z." or "Ed. Note: It is possible that in the
future this section will be split out into a separate document for
maintenance purposes."

On Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 7:16 PM, Marcos Caceres <w3c@marcosc.com> wrote:

> On February 24, 2017 at 7:07:49 AM, fantasai
> (fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net) wrote:
> > If the base styles are to support a distinction it needs
> > a) widespread use
> We have evidence of this [1]. If you go through the specs there
> (skipping the ones that just include "ednote" in the CSS), you will
> see that it's indeed used quite a lot (~roughly around 30+ specs) -
> and with a few declarations within each spec.
> > b) unambiguous semantic distinction (for consistent application)
> This is a little vague (not what you are asking for - just that we
> know ednotes sit between an issue and note.
> > c) a need for distinct styling (because the reader, for some reason,
> cares)
> Right now, the only distinction from notes is that editor's notes get
> the mast "EDITOR'S NOTE".
> I was actually reviewing the Web Payment Request spec yesterday and
> hit one in the Privacy and Security sections [2]. I encourage you to
> take a look, because editor's notes can get used for pretty serious
> things (and current styling making them look like notes can downplay
> the significance - which is also why I tend to agree that ednotes are
> "issues).
> [1] https://github.com/search?l=HTML&q=org%3Aw3c+class%3Dednote&type=Code
> [2] https://w3c.github.io/browser-payment-api/#security-considerations

Shane McCarron
Projects Manager, Spec-Ops
Received on Friday, 24 February 2017 02:48:10 UTC

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