2010-03-31 22:42:24: Created issue 'Return the concept of Obsolete but conforming, back to using obsolete and deprecated' nickname obsconf owned by Shelley Powers on product HTML 5 spec, description '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
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
' non-public [Shelley Powers]