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

From: Silvia Pfeiffer <silviapfeiffer1@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2012 18:45:21 +1000
Message-ID: <CAHp8n2kTaakjCJyuL=YHoqT4Zq3dQkmufGWns=f-1SteQLT-dA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Cc: "Edward O'Connor" <eoconnor@apple.com>, public-html@w3.org
IIUC it provides for a legally clean contribution path of WHATWG
specifications into the W3C. Since that means that the wider community
- i.e. those that cannot become a member of the W3C - can continue
providing input into the specification, I think there's a clear
advantage to having that CG.

It would be nice if the WHATWG mailing list could just be the WHATCG
mailing list, including all the legalese around it, but I assume
that's not so easy to do and may take some time.

Regards,
Silvia.

On Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 6:23 PM, Steve Faulkner
<faulkner.steve@gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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