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Re: Canvas API mailing list

From: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 15:26:56 -0400
Message-ID: <47DEC600.70506@w3.org>
To: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>

Hi, Anne, Chris-

Chris Wilson wrote (on 3/17/08 1:51 PM):
> An excellent point.
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-html-request@w3.org [mailto:public-html-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Anne van Kesteren
> Sent: Monday, March 17, 2008 1:23 AM
> 
> On Mon, 17 Mar 2008 09:04:17 +0100, Michael Smith <mike@w3.org> wrote:
>> The list was created to facilitate focused discussion on the
>> canvas API and to encourage participation in that discussion from
>> graphics experts and others who may not be members of the HTML
>> working group (and may not want to be).
> 
> So since we went with public-html and not www-html because of the patent
> policy stuff I wonder why that is suddenly less of a concern?

It is an excellent question.  I should have been more clear when I first 
posted to that list, and I will make it clearer in my next email.

W3C has a Patent Policy for this, imperfect but still applicable: [1]

"A W3C Working Group frequently finds itself in the position of 
receiving reviews and input from other parties who are not participants 
in the Working Group, including:

     * Another W3C Working Group;
     * A meeting guest, including an observer during the Technical 
Plenary Week;
     * The general public on a mailing list."

"When a contribution is being considered for actual inclusion in a 
document intended to become a Recommendation, the Chair should ask the 
Contributor to disclose any essential claims, and if there are any, the 
terms under which those claims would be licensed. Lack of a response to 
this request is a red flag."


The publication of the Canvas API is under the HTML WG's Patent Policy 
agreement.  Presumably the editor, the chairs, etc., are keeping track 
of where they are getting suggestions (for everything, not just Canvas), 
and applying the proper judgment and due diligence regarding licensing 
terms.

Fortunately, public-canvas-api has a subscription list and we can more 
easily track who made which contribution, and when.  It's rather better 
than getting feedback off of blog comments or random email lists.

Still, it is imperfect, and I wish there were a better solution to your 
larger problem.

I hope that allays your concerns.

[1] http://www.w3.org/2003/12/22-pp-faq.html#non-participants

Regards-
-Doug Schepers
W3C Team Contact, SVG, CDF, and WebAPI
Received on Monday, 17 March 2008 19:27:27 UTC

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