[whatwg] A New Way Forward for HTML5

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu Jul 23 23:31:22 PDT 2009

On Fri, 24 Jul 2009, Benjamin M. Schwartz wrote:
> Ian Hickson wrote:
> > On Fri, 24 Jul 2009, Benjamin M. Schwartz wrote:
> >> That sounds to me like a good reason to declare a freeze at last 
> >> call, and release an immutable "beta 1" on which comments can be 
> >> made.  Then close the comment period on beta 1, and (potentially) 
> >> release a beta 2, etc.
> > 
> > Unfortunately that would just mean that most people commenting on beta 
> > 1 would be reporting the same issues that have already been fixed. 
> > We've already seen this happen with the W3C version of the draft
> Then you're not putting up a big enough deprecation notice at the top! 
> Also, comments should be disabled once the comment period has closed.

I think we're better off finding a mechanism (such as the one Joseph 
mentioned) that don't depend on the document staying static. That way we 
sidestep all the problems I describe above, and we don't ever waste 
people's times on issues that are already resolved. Basically I don't 
think it would ever really be beneficial to have people reviewing a 
version of the spec that isn't the most recent one, if we can help it.

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