It’s just data

Adobe’s non-Formal non-Objection

No work stopped.

At no time did the current, up to the minute, versions — complete with occasional typos and botched commits — of the editor’s drafts become unavailable: HTML5, RDFa, MicroData, 2D Context, Markup, Diffs.

The absolute most that anybody, anywhere, ever proposed was that these very same documents be published with different labels: either as result of being moved to a different working group, or with different disclaimers in the status section.  Neither request is without precedent.

This has lead to a Wonderland debate about what HTML is.  From my perspective, that’s about as productive as trying to argue about whether or not jQuery.getJSON is, or is not, AJAX.  Of the six documents to be published this go around, three are not published by the WHATWG.  The documents published by the WHATWG span multiple working groups and even standards organizations.  In fact, the draft, revised charter for the WebApps Working Group is looking to acknowledge the splitting of documents and changing of ownership explicitly:

Specifically, because of the close relationship of the WebApps WG and the HTML WG in terms of participants, market, and community, the WebApps WG may opt to take on a limited number of specifications which were initially part of the HTML5 specification that have been split off for more general use with other languages, without rechartering the group, and only by consensus of both groups.

With that out of the way, what I want to talk about is openness.

Private mailing lists at the W3C are like steak knives at restaurants.  These mailing lists serve a purpose.  And should they ever be used for a different purpose, it is that usage that needs to be addressed, not the mechanism itself.

A few things worth pointing out:

This is because, when all is said and done, there is absolutely no reason that heartbeat requirements should ever get in the way of getting work done.

That being said, the co-chairs felt it prudent to hold off for a few days before sending the request to publish.

Update: Chair's Decision, Director's Decision