Bug 19999 - resolve normative MIMESNIFF reference to a "Living Standard"
resolve normative MIMESNIFF reference to a "Living Standard"
Status: RESOLVED NEEDSINFO
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: HTML5 spec
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PC Windows NT
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Assigned To: Edward O'Connor
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Reported: 2012-11-18 20:07 UTC by Larry Masinter
Modified: 2013-02-12 23:06 UTC (History)
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Description Larry Masinter 2012-11-18 20:07:58 UTC
A stable specification like W3C HTML5 should not have normative mandatory-to-implement references to other specifications where the references are undated, as reviews, interoperability testing, legal contracts, test suites, conformance cannot be reliably be performed with consistent results.

For the [MIMESNIFF] reference, my preferred resolution of this bug would be to make the [MIMESNIFF] reference advisory and informative rather than normative, e.g., referenced as a security consideration.

An alternative would be to create a W3C snapshot of some draft of mimesniff.spec.whatwg.org and make a normative reference to _that_.
Comment 1 Edward O'Connor 2013-02-12 23:06:13 UTC
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Status: Additional Information Needed
Change Description: No spec change.
Rationale: We can't make the reference to MIMESNIFF non-normative.
Please reopen this bug if and when someone creates a W3C snapshot that
we could reference.