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RE: Rescinding the request to the HTML WG to develop a polyglot guide

From: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2012 10:26:14 -0800
To: "Henry S. Thompson" <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
CC: "www-tag@w3.org List" <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <C68CB012D9182D408CED7B884F441D4D1E372B7AE6@nambxv01a.corp.adobe.com>
I agreed with almost everything you said, Henry, except for the end about
not requiring implementation to progressing to rec.

> ...   The
> Polyglot spec. [3] is an attempt at a statement of fact: _if_ you
> produces what it defines as *polyglot markup*, _then_ the result will
>  a) be conformant HTML5 per HTML5 [1a];
>  b) be well-formed XML per XML 1.0 [2];
>  c) be conformant XHTML5 per HTML5 [1b];
>  c) produce nearly-identical DOMs when processed as XML or HTML per
>     HTML5.

These are all testable requirements. An "implementation" might
be a tool that produces polyglot documents, and interoperability
demonstrated by showing that the results of a polyglot producer
pass various conformance tests.

> REC-track requires Working Group consensus, in this case that the
> definition is accurate, provides for wide review and implies an
> ongoing obligation of maintenance.  Note that for _definitional_
> specifications such as this one progressing to REC does _not_ require
> implementation, since it is only referring specifications/documents
> which may include implementable conformance requirements involving
> the definition(s) provided.


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