ACTION-304: Write up issue around normative references to particular versions of specs

Write up issue around normative references to particular versions of specs

State:
closed
Person:
Larry Masinter
Due on:
September 30, 2009
Created on:
September 23, 2009
Associated Product:
HTML 5 review
Related emails:
  1. Re: Agenda and required reading for the 8-10 December 2009 TAG F2F (from noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com on 2009-12-07)
  2. Re: Agenda and required reading for the 8-10 December 2009 TAG F2F (from noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com on 2009-12-03)
  3. Agenda and required reading for the 8-10 December 2009 TAG F2F (from noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com on 2009-12-02)
  4. agenda for TAG meeting 8-10 Dec (from connolly@w3.org on 2009-11-25)
  5. Minutes of Nov 19 TAG Telcon (from ashok.malhotra@oracle.com on 2009-11-22)
  6. suggestion for 19 Nov agenda (from connolly@w3.org on 2009-11-16)
  7. please update overdue actions as input to Dec f2f agenda (from connolly@w3.org on 2009-11-09)
  8. Minutes of 23-25 Sept 2009 TAG F2F now available (from noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com on 2009-10-16)

Related notes:



Noah Mendelsohn, 25 Sep 2009, 18:09:42

I think this action item was related to a comment about elaborating the
"orthogonal specifications" finding. If spec A points to spec B, does it say
"B version N" or "B version N or later" or "any version of B"?

The question around HTML5 in particular was the choice of pointing to specific versions of MathML, RDFa, etc.

I think this is quite overlapping (but not a subset) of the distributed extensibility issue.

My recommendation for HTML5 is that the base HyperText Markup Language document should *not* reference specific versions of URI, URL, RDFa, SVG, MathML or any other specifications. Where absolutely necessary (because of unavodiable dependencies) it can reference "version X or any later compatible version". If there's a desire to nail down what the right combination is for "HTML user agents in 2010", then a separate "profile" document could call out the specific combination of versions which should be uniformly implemented and tested.

Larry Masinter, 21 Oct 2009, 14:22:12

[DanC]: kinda withdrawn in favor of HT's action

19 Nov 2009, 21:09:59

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