2009-08-10 18:33:33: Description changed to 'The text of the current HTML 5 draft does not contain the sections in previous versions of HTML in regards to Deprecated and Obsolete HTML elements.
Instead, the current document references terms such as "obsolete but conforming" , leaving a great deal of confusion about just what this means, and about the state of the elements so described. .
In addition, several valid HTML 4 elements and attributes have been described as obsolete in HTML 5, not deprecated, which does not provide a graceful transition period for people to remove these elements/attributes from their web documents.
Considering how widespread the support for deprecated is within the technology industry, the HTML 5 specification should return to the previously defined sections describing deprecated and obsolete as listed in the HTML 4 document. Doing so will ensure that older HTML elements aren't abruptly dropped, causing confusion. This move will also ensure that there is a procedure in place to ensure that when an element is dropped, it's dropped in favor of a replacement that provides the same, or enhanced functionality. It will also help clarify confusion caused by using terminology not used previously with any other known specification.