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Re: Normative status of author-only view of the HTML5 specification

From: Jirka Kosek <jirka@kosek.cz>
Date: Wed, 08 Jun 2011 09:45:58 +0200
Message-ID: <4DEF28B6.70309@kosek.cz>
To: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
CC: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>, Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com>, Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>, "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
On 8.6.2011 9:24, Steve Faulkner wrote:

> which is neither a subset or superset of the W3C HTML5 specification

Actually it is very unfortunate and confusing for people outside from
the spec developmnet process that HTML5 spec is published as two not
completely identical documents both by W3C and WHATWG.

I think that it would be better to shutdown WHATWG version (ie. make
"living stabdard" dead ;-) and have only one version for reference at
W3C. Once this is done we can talk about how to disambiguate possible
differences between "author" and "implementer" views of spec. But that's
on another level.

Maybe W3C people who make deal with WHATWG or those W3C members who are
also WHATWG members could explain to rest of us why spec is published on
two places, with slightly different content and why this is the best
status quo.


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