[whatwg] Spec formats

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Tue Mar 23 15:29:15 PDT 2010

On Tue, 23 Mar 2010, Perry Smith wrote:
> > 
> > How about the alternative style sheets for authors, and the UI to 
> > support them?
> I'm not 100% sure I know what you are referring to.  I see a radio 
> button for "Hide UA text".  Is that for authors?


> > Also, which specs do you want to generate?  The most useful spec to 
> > generate might be the complete.html file, since it's essentially a 
> > superset of all the others, but we might also want to just do the 
> > WHATWG HTML spec (i.e. HTML5), which would be shorter.
> Yes.  Lets do the complete html file first.

Ok. So basically we are looking for a version of the complete.html file 
with an override style sheet for black&white and no scripts?

I haven't done the styles yet but how's this otherwise?:


If that's something you can work with, then we can work out a way where I 
can make my update scripts invoke some script on your side to generate the 
document every 24 hours or some such, like the PDFs. (Mail me privately to 
set this up off-list.)

> > > On a slightly different topic, is there an official "cover" for this 
> > > book (or these books)?
> > 
> > Not currently, but I'm sure we can figure something out. What should 
> > it look like?
> A .png file.  These can be simple like "HTML 5" put into Photoshop and 
> let it spit out a png file.  I can do this as we work through this.  I 
> just wanted to ask to make sure.  We might get some volunteers to create 
> nifty book covers (hint hint).

All we have is this:


> I'd like eventually to offer a service where users and pick various 
> features and get back either an html file, or maybe a final ePub file.  
> The reason I'm leaning this way is because the readers seem so limited 
> -- given the users exactly what they want seems more important in this 
> format than in a web environment.

That would be cool too. Let me know how I can help with this.

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