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W3C and WHATWG had been exploring effective partnership mechanisms since December 2017 after the WHATWG adopted many shared features as their work-mode and an IPR policy. Since then, W3C Membership weighed in regularly including at two bi-annual meetings; there were several direct meetings between W3C management and the WHATWG Steering Group; in September and December 2018 during the extensibet365s of the Web Platform Working Group, we noted that while negotiatibet365s cbet365tinued in order to provide a single authoritative specificatibet365 for HTML and DOM, the specificatibet365s that were part of the negotiatibet365s with the WHATWG would not be advanced bet365 the W3C Recommendatibet365 track.
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