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

From: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2011 10:59:41 +0100
Message-ID: <BANLkTinz-qVztFcx0SA9uFg6G=bjV4d8Ag@mail.gmail.com>
To: Jirka Kosek <jirka@kosek.cz>
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>
Hi Jirka,
I agree that to anyone not involved it must be confusing,

What is the upside to having so many differing documents claiming to define


there is also:
web applications 1.0 that defines HTML

While it explicitly states in answer to the question "Is this HTML5?"

"No, although it does contain everything that is part of HTML5. If you want
only HTML5, please see the HTML specification <http://www.whatwg.org/html>."

The link points the reader not to the HTML5 specification but to the WHATWG
HTML document.


On 8 June 2011 08:45, Jirka Kosek <jirka@kosek.cz> wrote:

> 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.
>                                Jirka
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with regards

Steve Faulkner
Technical Director - TPG

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