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Re: planning RIF's future

From: Gary Hallmark <gary.hallmark@oracle.com>
Date: Wed, 07 May 2008 20:43:24 -0700
Message-ID: <482276DC.8050007@oracle.com>
To: public-rif-wg@w3.org

While I'd like nothing more than to hang out with you guys, travel to 
the far corners of the globe, argue, and drink for another year or two, 
my bosses may stop paying for it if I can't show them continuous 
progress on PRD.  I hope we can get another draft soon and that we can 
spend more than 1 hour discussing it at F2F10.

Sandro Hawke wrote:
> As you may recall, this Working Group was originally chartered through
> November 2007.  The charter said that the group could expect to be
> extended, as necessary if there was appropriate progress and
> participation.  While progress was slow at first, participation was
> good and progress was picking up, so we got a short-term extension,
> through the end of May 2008, with the understanding that we would
> reach Last Call on BLD.  The past few weeks have had a few big
> digressions, but looking over the list of things remaining on the
> critical path, I think the goal is quite attainable.  So, we should
> talk some more about what to do next.
> Here's a proposal for a work plan for a 1-year extension, which I've
> talked over with Chris and Christian, and some of my management.  The
> wording is mine (since talking to them), so don't take this as a firm
> commitment from anyone.
> 1.  Produce several W3C Recommendations.  These will each require wide
>     external review, multiple interoperating implementations, and a
>     test suite.
>      - BLD, DTB, and SWC  -- finish up what're working on now; respond
>                              to public comments; fix bugs; gather
>                              implementation experience; produce test suite
>      - Core               -- specify the fragment of BLD which is
>                              reasonable to implement on most real
>                              rule engines
>      - XTAN               -- the XML fallback mechanism, something
>                              like I proposed, but cut back if
>                              necessary to be done in time
>      - PRD                -- just the basic production rules stuff,
>                              something like BLD is for the logic side
>     As an intermediate goal, I think Core, PRD, and XTAN should expect
>     to be at Last Call by December 1 if their to reach Rec by June 1.
>     If BLD/DTB/SWC ends up needing a lot of attention, then slide
>     Core, XTAN, and PRD back some months.
> 2.  Begin work on some other extensions/dialects, getting these to
>     Last Call.   I expect them to begin as BLD/DTB/SWC wrap up, then
>     proceeding largely in parallel, not using many of the same people
>     as PRD or XTAN.
>      - Logic Programming dialect (of some variety)
>      - FOL dialect (of some variety)
>      - extension for access to XML data sources
> The big question for each of you is whether this will work for you and
> your organization.  Will you stay involved, contributing to this effort
> for another year?
> I believe this will be on the agenda, briefly, for the next telecon.  We
> can talk about it in more detail, and get an actual headcount at the
> F2F.  But if you expect you'll be dropping out, or if you have a real
> problem with this work plan, please let us know as soon as possible.
>     -- Sandro
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