Confrontation W3C and WHATWG: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla object to DOM 4.1

As everyone knows, there are two HTML specifications: W3C ( consortium, World Wide Web ) And WHATWG (Apple, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla, de facto authors of the HTML5 standard). This week there was an open conflict between the creators of the specifications.
The situation developed as follows. It all began with the fact that the W3C fork made the specification of the live standard WHATWG DOM and named it DOM 4.1. Then W3C made incompatible changes to it and announced the fork as the official specification, although in fact all the important work was done in the WHATWG version.
Some time passed and a month ago the public discussion of the W3C proposal began to make the specification a Candidate in the recommendation (after it significant changes are essentially not made, only details of the design in PR are clarified, the recommendation is officially accepted). Read this cognitive discussion at Github at .
It is logical to assume that some members of the W3C have well-founded objections to the incompatibility of the two versions of the DOM. Here, the W3C CEO intervened in the question, which entered into a dispute with them and rejected all their objections, advancing the specification to Candidate Recommendation status (CR) and announcing a call for consensus.
Of course, WHATWG members did not like this turn of events. After the W3C director refused to change the specifications, these companies a few days ago issued an official objection ( .Formal Objection ) Against DOM 4.? promising the W3C that in the current form none of the browsers are going to implement this specification - because two incompatible versions of DOM are not needed by either developers or users.
Ranges and traversing the tree DOM
. As a result, W3C was forced to take a time-out and promised to first consider technical problems, and then return to the adoption of DOM 4.1.
The question is - why does all this need W3C? As stated , the fact is that in addition to WHATWG members, there are 450 companies in the W3C organization that do not have much influence on the world of browsers, but regularly bring W3C income in the form of contributions. Last year W3C performed a similar trick with DRM ( [i] ? Encrypted Media Extensions
), Which, with the words of Google engineer Jan Hickson , "It is impossible to realize practically" - in order to attract to the consortium several companies that up to this point had no reason to sponsor the W3C.
The long-suffering draft W3C DOM 4.1 can be downloaded by reference . The very first version of the DOM specification was prepared by the W3C almost twenty years ago - October ? 1998. References to objections: objection to Mozilla , Apple's objection , Microsoft's objection , Google's objection .
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