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Re: Exit criteria in the wake of 3 engines

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2013 00:45:41 +1300
Message-ID: <CAOp6jLbX0-eLdhpDtyW9oCp=BOZw0moEVX8s2cyY3mpYjYb2jg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Paul Irish <paul.irish@gmail.com>
Cc: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
On Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 10:11 PM, Paul Irish <paul.irish@gmail.com> wrote:

> In exit criteria for many of the specs we see text like: "each
> implementation must be developed by a different party and cannot share,
> reuse, or derive from code used by another qualifying implementation"
> With Opera adopting Chromium, this criterium appears to have gotten
> significantly more challenging to satisfy.
> There were 6 two-implementation possibilities with Presto and without,
> that number is reduced to 3.

> Is revisiting the exit criteria worthwhile now that it seems far more
> difficult to move a spec to Rec?

Giving up on the two-implementations criterion would be a severe blow to
Web standards. It should be absolutely the last resort, and as Tobie said
we should wait and see how big a problem this becomes. (Has anyone looked
back over the last few years and figured out how often Opera's
implementation was needed to move a spec to Rec?)

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