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comments on IRC re the HTML5 spec

From: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 10:26:05 +0000
Message-ID: <CA+ri+V=T7A338w-GYGoViUnuByJGyGBxCnTgdwsihAoZV8cXEA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com>, www-archive <www-archive@w3.org>
Hi Ian,
It is with dismay that i read your recent comments [1] in regards to the
HTML WG process and the content of the HTML5 spec.

In particular:

<Hixie> MikeSmith: i no longer make any promises that the w3c spec says
what it should [2]

Does this mean that the HTML5 spec no longer reflects the consensus of the
HTML WG or what you think it shoud say?

<Hixie> (the net result being i don't bother anymore and the w3c copy of
the spec is getting more and more crazy)

Can you clarify what you don't bother about and how this leads to the spec
becoming "more crazy"? is it because you are asked to provide evidence and
data for your rationales when you reject a bug without it?

<Hixie> i think the best part of the process right now is the way that it
only kicks in if the editor disagrees with someone, but when that someone
proposes an alternative, the editor has to do extra work to repeat the
objection for it to be considered.

I would suggest that if you as editor provided evidence to back up your
rationale, rather than expecting people to accept your judgement without
reasonable justification, then the escalation process would not be needed
as much.

[1] http://krijnhoetmer.nl/irc-logs/whatwg/20120314#l-240
with regards

Steve Faulkner
Technical Director - TPG

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