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Re: Support for the formation of the Web Hypertext Application Technology Community Group (was Re: HTML Working Group Changes)

From: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 09:23:06 +0100
Message-ID: <CA+ri+VnXQDmrJd7xUeCedNEdyPEb8TCp8z3tv+wT7qoQPpPbbA@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Edward O'Connor" <eoconnor@apple.com>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Hi Ted,
Initially, like you,  I welcomed the formation of the Web
Hypertext Application Technology Community Group, but it has quickly beome
clear that the comunity group is only a shell[1], a click through page
intended only as a mechanism by which the WHATWG can publish specs with a
patent policy.

Your statement: "reunifying development of the open Web platform under the
stewardship of the W3C."
appears false as it does nothing to bridge the gap between the HTML
standards development communities at the W3C and WHATWG.

This is unfortunate.

I still agree with your statement:

"Only by working together can we truly lead the Web to its full potential."

but the Hypertext Application Technology Community Group appears to be
nothing more than a ploy to get microsoft on board at the WHATWG via the
provision of a patent policy.

[1]
http://lists.whatwg.org/htdig.cgi/whatwg-whatwg.org/2012-April/035528.html
     http://blog.whatwg.org/patent-policy

regards
Stevef

On 23 April 2012 22:48, Edward O'Connor <eoconnor@apple.com> wrote:

> The HTML WG Chairs said that, "as W3C proceeds with its work on
> follow-ons to HTML5, W3C and the WHATWG plan to continue their
> partnership in developing the right features for the future web."[1]
>
> With the open membership, straightforward process, and clear IPR policy
> provided by Community Groups, we believe this partnership will work best
> if the WHATWG becomes a W3C Community Group as proposed by Ian Hickson
> today.[2] Thus, we welcome and support the formation of the Web
> Hypertext Application Technology Community Group, reunifying development
> of the open Web platform under the stewardship of the W3C.
>
> We hope those who have felt, for whatever reason, unable to participate
> in the WHATWG will embrace this new Community Group. Only by working
> together can we truly lead the Web to its full potential.
>
>
> --
> Edward O'Connor
> eoconnor@apple.com
>
> [1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2012Apr/0204.html
> [2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2012Apr/0209.html
>
>


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