[whatwg] HTML5 and different versions of the document
mjs at apple.com
Mon Jan 11 06:59:31 PST 2010
With the change to an unversioned development model, we now have a
number of HTML5-related specs with different names and versions. In
particular, the HTML5 spec link on the whatwg.org front page links to <http://www.whatwg.org/specs/web-apps/current-work/multipage/
>, which used to be called "WHATWG HTML" but now is called "HTML5
(including next generation additions still in development)".
In my opinion, it would be helpful if the WHATWG had a document called
HTML5 that largely matched the W3C copy in scope and content, and a
separate document that included whatever future additions and
extensions we care to add. Having a matching document in WHATWG space
would be helpful for a couple of reasons:
- Reduces potential for confusion about what HTML5 is.
- Makes clear what parts of the WHATWG document are also protected
(via the W3C copy) by the W3C Patent Policy.
- Because the WHATWG copy is currently licensed under much more
liberal terms than the W3C copy, it would be helpful to have a
matching copy in WHATWG space to use as a basis for excerpts in
conformance checkers, implementations, third-party reference materials
and the like.
Logically speaking, it probably makes more sense for the "current-
work" URL to point to the latest and greatest unversioned copy, but on
the other hand many people already think of this URL as pointing to
HTML5. The HTML5 link on the front page should, I think, point to
something that actually contains HTML5, with a separate "future
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