[whatwg] One document or two?

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu May 24 11:43:51 PDT 2007

On Thu, 24 May 2007, Nicholas Shanks wrote:
> Various people have expressed opinions in favour of either one spec to 
> rule them all, or two specs for different audiences. Is not the simplest 
> solution to have two views upon the same spec?

No, it's certainly not the _simplest_ solution. It's _a_ solution, yes. 
It's been considered and might even happen. It's a MASSIVE amount of work, 
though. For example, it's also not always clear how to categorise the 
text. What would you do with:

  <p>If a <code>dl</code> element contains only <code>dd</code>
  elements, then it consists of one group with values but no names,
  and the document is non-conforming.</p>

Should that be shown in the cut down "author" version?

There are also a number of sentences that would need to be rewritten so 
they still make sense with parts of the sentences hidden.

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