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This is an informal frequently asked questions page about the W3C Process.
Why Director Review Before FPWD?
Q: Why is there a requirement for the Director to review and approve a document proposed for a First Public Working Draft (FPWD)?
A: The reason for FPWD review is for the Director to confirm that the proposed draft is in scope for the charter of the working group that proposed it. -Ian Jacobs
Normative Reference Policy
The Normative Reference Policy (aka NRP) is defined in normative-reference.
What is the policy for normative references?
Q: What is the policy for normative references?
A: The consortium's normative reference policy is defined in the normative-reference document.
Are WHATWG living standards permitted as normative references?
Q: Are WHATWG living standards permitted as normative references?
There are multiple answers to this question.
A: yes, normative references for WHATWG standards are allowed in Editor's Drafts, First Public Working Drafts, Working Drafts, Last Call Working Drafts and Candidate Recommendations. Note, however, that as of this writing, no Proposed Recommendations nor Recommendations include normative references to WHATWG standards.
A: it depends. To get a more specific answer, ask the W3C Director.