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RE: who makes the CFC LC?

From: Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009 16:06:33 +0000
To: Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>, HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <267F18971244A34BA58D684E5EAA4E6F0441F7C3@TK5EX14MBXC141.redmond.corp.microsoft.com>
I will give you my opinion on your questions.

> Who makes the Call For Comments Last Call decision?

This decision will be made by the entire HTML WG.  I expect the Chairs will do a Call for Consensus to ensure the WG is okay with entering Last Call when we think the WG is ready.  

> What are the requirements that have to be met? All bugs finished? All
issues resolved?

WGs normally do not enter Last Call until they are "issue clean" ie. they have no outstanding open issues.  In some cases WGs have declared a moratorium on new issues and declared that all new issues after a specific date will become Last Call issues.  This avoids the problem of WG members delaying the Last Call by filing issues at the last moment.

The W3C Process document gives a good description of when you "generally" ready for Last Call [1]:

	Purpose: A Working Group's Last Call announcement is a signal that:

	- the Working Group believes that it has satisfied its relevant technical requirements (e.g., of the charter or requirements document) in the Working Draft; 
	- the Working Group believes that it has satisfied significant dependencies with other groups; 
	- other groups SHOULD review the document to confirm that these dependencies have been satisfied.

Please the Chairs know if you have more questions.


[1] http://www.w3.org/2005/10/Process-20051014/tr.html#last-call 

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