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The confrontation between W3C and WHATWG: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla object to the DOM 4.1

Habrahabr / Interesting / topical publications 14.04.2018 at 11:16

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As we all know, there are two HTML specifications: W3C (World Wide Web consortium) and WHATWG (Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla, the de facto authors of the HTML5 standard). This week between the makers of the spec, there was an open conflict.

the Situation developed as follows. It all started with the fact that the W3C made a fork of the specification of living standard WHATWG DOM and DOM called it 4.1. Then the W3C has made incompatible changes and announced a fork of the official specification, though in fact all the important work was made in the WHATWG version.

some time Passed and a month ago launched a public discussion of W3C proposals to make the specification as a Candidate recommendation (after significant changes in fact have not entered, only the specified design details in PR, the recommendation is accepted officially). It is informative to read the discussion on Github at.

it is Logical to assume that some members of the W3C having a well-founded objection about the incompatibility of the two versions of DOM. Here in question interfered with the CEO of the W3C, which entered them in the dispute and rejected all their objections, pushing the specification to Candidate recommendation (Candidate Recommendation, CR) and announcing a call for consensus.

of Course, the members of the WHATWG, this turn of events did not like. After the W3C Director refused to change the specifications, these companies a few days ago made an official objection (Formal Objection) against DOM 4.1, promising the W3C, in its current form, this specification none of the engines of the browsers implement is not going to — because the two incompatible versions of the DOM need neither to developers nor to users.

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