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RE: New Charter

From: Adam Sobieski <adamsobieski@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2012 05:35:32 +0000
Message-ID: <SNT002-W8742EFFB730D295156FCDEC59B0@phx.gbl>
To: "public-speech-api@w3.org" <public-speech-api@w3.org>
In my opinion, once a Speech API is minted, there will be a tremendous excitement, development utilizing it, JavaScript libraries utilizing it, including, for example, UI libraries and speech + AJAX widgets.
 
Based upon those premises that web developers will enjoy, make use of, and have subsequent ideas for features with regard to a Speech API, there has been and there could be further discussion about both feature sets and about scalability. It seems that those of us who met here based on our interest in natural language technologies can imagine greater sets of features than those in the initial version of the API.  With the option of a Working Group presented, the discussion about the current proposal draft could be phrased as from features-based to scalability-based.  It's possible that the goal to speed adoption, to have browsers soon already having implemented speech-related functionalities, and the desire to service the needs of both professionals building high-quality multi-modal user experiences and casual developers simply looking to add speech to their forms, as a process direction, are not necessarily mutually exclusive. My own participation in the converstion, thus far, has been features-based and, after reviewing the Working Group charter, seeing indicators of process and of versioning, I wanted to indicate that scalability could be topical.  It could be possible to achieve both the upcoming adoption of an initial version while also chartering a process to version the specification and to advance the state of the art.  
 
Kind regards,
 
Adam 
 > From: raj@openstream.com
> To: jerry@jerrycarter.org; mdw@w3.org
> CC: public-speech-api@w3.org; ij@w3.org; Milan.Young@nuance.com; gshires@google.com; satish@google.com; Jim.Barnett@genesyslab.com
> Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 23:47:09 -0400
> Subject: Re: New Charter
> 
> 
> Very well said..I agree with Jerry that there is nothing stopping 
> others interested
> in participating in a WG activity continuing..and that there could be 
> differences in the processes
> various standards bodies.
> 
> Given, our initial intent by subscribing  to the W3C processes & 
> track,
> and how rapidly we have been able to get quality feed-back and 
> suggestions from Satish et. al
> at Google and Olli et.al at Mozilla and Milan et. al at Nuance and 
> numerous other experts like Jerry, Jim and Dahl,
> it has been Openstream's hope and desire that this effort does not get 
> forked at  this time.
> 
> And for the same right reasons that Jerry mentions that it would 
> challenge any existing spec or proposal
> and with collective effort and resources allocated, we could perhaps 
> avert the unnecessary forking at this stage.
> 
> As a multimodal platform vendor we would like a broader endorsement of 
> such effort and hence desire a more inclusive
> approach.
> 
> --Raj
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 23:02:43 -0400
>   Jerry Carter <jerry@jerrycarter.org> wrote:
> > 
> > Standards move forward in different ways.  Just as the W3C 
> >Recommendation process differs from the IETF RFCs, so too does the CG 
> >work follow a different path from Recommendations.  The most 
> >important criteria in my mind is establishing a critical mass of 
> >browser companies and application developers.  The details of the 
> >process may influence mindshare but are of far lesser import than the 
> >ideas that comprise the standard and the timing in the marketplace.
> > 
> > Glen and Satish have each advanced an opinion that the current 
> >document is sufficiently advanced to merit implementation and author 
> >feedback.  This is an opinion, but certainly an informed one.  Should 
> >Google be joined by one or more browser vendors, or perhaps even if 
> >not, there is an opportunity for rapid progress to be made.  I fully 
> >endorse their efforts to field test the Javascript Speech API and 
> >will offer my assistance where appropriate.  The lessons from these 
> >efforts will undoubtedly inform future work and further the prospects 
> >of a fully speech-enabled web.
> > 
> > That stated, I see no reason that interested parties should not 
> >proceed with plans for a W3C Working Group.  While Satish has 
> >indicated that Google will not participate at this time, my reading 
> >of Milan's, Raj's, and Jim's emails suggests that there are at least 
> >three companies interested in following that path.  There may even be 
> >an opportunity to re-engage with existing working groups such as the 
> >Multimodal Interaction Activity [1].  No doubt the members of a W3C 
> >Working Group focused on speech APIs will want to track efforts at 
> >Google, AT&T, Apple, and elsewhere as they develop a W3C 
> >Recommendation for a speech API.  I am certain that the initiative 
> >would also challenge and improve existing W3C Recommendation track 
> >documents such as EMMA and the recently published Multimodal 
> >Architecture and Interfaces Recommendation.  Surely this is a good 
> >thing.
> > 
> > I see no deep conflict here.  Different opinions and complementary 
> >efforts, sure, but a a richer set of concepts and a better eventual 
> >specification as a result. 
> > 
> > -=- Jerry
> > 
> > [1] https://www.w3.org/2002/mmi/Group
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > On Sep 18, 2012, at 8:04 PM, Matt Womer wrote:
> > 
> >> Just to be clear what we have is not what W3C considers a spec. CG 
> >>work does not directly result in W3C Recommendations and as such are 
> >>not covered under the IPR agreement covering Recommendations. I find 
> >>it troubling that at this stage we, having exhausted other WG options 
> >>and not creating a new WG, are going to let this "spec" exist as is 
> >>without finishing the process. This seems in conflict with what I 
> >>thought this group wanted.
> >> 
> >> -Matt
> >> 
> >> On Sep 18, 2012, at 7:38 PM, Glen Shires <gshires@google.com> wrote:
> >> 
> >>> Milan,
> >>> The charter of this CG is stated on the home page for this CG, and 
> >>>has not changed since the beginning of this CG. 
> >>>http://www.w3.org/community/speech-api/
> >>> 
> >>> The goal and scope of this Community Group is to produce a 
> >>>JavaScript Speech API that supports the majority of use-cases in the 
> >>>the Speech Incubator Group's Final Report [1], but is a simplified 
> >>>subset API, such as this proposal [2]. For this initial 
> >>>specification, we believe that a simplified subset API will 
> >>>accelerate implementation, interoperability testing, standardization 
> >>>and ultimately developer adoption. This JavaScript Speech API will 
> >>>enable web developers to incorporate scripts into their web pages 
> >>>that can generate text-to-speech output and can use speech 
> >>>recognition as an input for forms, continuous dictation and control. 
> >>>Specification of HTML markup and a network speech protocol are 
> >>>out-of-scope of this Community Group.
> >>> 
> >>> [1] http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/htmlspeech/XGR-htmlspeech/
> >>> [2] 
> >>>http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-webapps/2011OctDec/att-1696/speechapi.html
> >>> 
> >>> 
> >>> This is indeed a change of my opinion of what we should be doing at 
> >>>this point. However, if statements that I made in that prior email 
> >>>response were interpreted by you as re-defining the group's charter, 
> >>>then I apologize for the confusion. The only reference to the word 
> >>>"charter" that I see in that entire thread is in reference to 
> >>>drafting a new charter for the potential new WG.
> >>> 
> >>> With regard to the three points you made below...
> >>> 
> >>> 1. The in-progress discussions have been summarized as editor notes 
> >>>in the current spec: 
> >>>http://dvcs.w3.org/hg/speech-api/raw-file/tip/speechapi.html
> >>> We believe we have wrapped-up the work to the extent that compatible 
> >>>implementations by browser vendors are possible.
> >>> 
> >>> 2. Test Suites are nice to have, but aren't blocking us from moving 
> >>>forward.
> >>> 
> >>> 3. As stated previously: Google will not join a new WG at this time. 
> >>>We believe this is the best course of action right now for the spec 
> >>>for the reasons stated earlier in this thread.
> >>> 
> >>> 
> >>> On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 4:18 PM, Satish S <satish@google.com> wrote:
> >>> Perhaps I misunderstood, but I thought the charter was defined when 
> >>>the CG was formed and is the one mentioned in 
> >>>http://www.w3.org/community/speech-api/. That doesn't mention 
> >>>anything about transitioning to a WG so it is clearly not part of the 
> >>>charter. 
> >>> 
> >>> We did discuss about it in the CG earlier and Google's current 
> >>>position is after careful consideration of the great progress made in 
> >>>the CG the timing is right to focus on implementation and iterate 
> >>>based on web developer feedback. I do see us continuing to improve 
> >>>the spec based on  feedback we receive once there are UA 
> >>>implementations of the proposed API.
> >>> 
> >>> Our position is not inconsistent with the charter you proposed, but 
> >>>we wanted to inform in context of the new charter discussion that we 
> >>>won't be joining a new WG at this time.
> >>> 
> >>> Cheers
> >>> Satish
> >>> 
> >>> 
> >>> 
> >>> On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 11:52 PM, Young, Milan 
> >>><Milan.Young@nuance.com> wrote:
> >>> Glen, I agree with what you have written below, but fail to see how 
> >>>this is inconsistent with the new charter.  If there is an 
> >>>inconsistency, please let me know so I can update the proposal.
> >>> 
> >>>  
> >>> 
> >>> Im also still awaiting your response to each of the three points I 
> >>>made below.  Being that your hold the position of chair, and given 
> >>>the context of the statements, the promises you made were essentially 
> >>>interpreted as being part of the groups charter.  (In fact I believe 
> >>>you are aware that many of us have remained active in this group 
> >>>precisely because of those promises.)  It would be a violation of the 
> >>>CG mission for this group to proceed otherwise without explicit 
> >>>consent from the members.
> >>> 
> >>>  
> >>> 
> >>> Thank you
> >>> 
> >>>  
> >>> 
> >>>  
> >>> 
> >>> From: Glen Shires [mailto:gshires@google.com] 
> >>> Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 3:33 PM
> >>> To: Young, Milan
> >>> Cc: Satish S; public-speech-api@w3.org; Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org> 
> >>>(ij@w3.org)
> >>> Subject: Re: New Charter
> >>> 
> >>>  
> >>> 
> >>> We at Google believe the spec is ready to be implemented by browser 
> >>>vendors in a compatible way. The few remaining open issues are not 
> >>>blocking issues, and getting early feedback from web authors will 
> >>>provide great insight in charting the course for future work on the 
> >>>spec. We believe that it's most important right now for browser 
> >>>vendors to focus on implementation, rather than attempting to resolve 
> >>>the few remaining issues without feedback from web developers 
> >>>building real-world JavaScript applications using it.
> >>> 
> >>>  
> >>> 
> >>> /Glen Shires
> >>> 
> >>>  
> >>> 
> >>> On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM, Young, Milan 
> >>><Milan.Young@nuance.com> wrote:
> >>> 
> >>>  
> >>> 
> >>> From: Satish S [mailto:satish@google.com]
> >>> 
> >>>  
> >>> 
> >>> We at Google are pleased with the current progress in this CG of the 
> >>>Speech JavaScript API Specification, and believe that it is nearing 
> >>>completion, at least an initial version that can be implemented 
> >>>compatibly across multiple browsers.  We believe it provides a rich 
> >>>toolset for web authors, and that getting early feedback from web 
> >>>authors is valuable. As such, we believe the major task ahead is to 
> >>>complete implementations and test suites.
> >>> 
> >>> [Milan] Weve had a similar discussion on this topic before, and 
> >>>that thread was brought to a close with a statement from our chair 
> >>>Glen [1].  He made three points in that mail that Id like to review:
> >>> 
> >>> 1)      We were planning to wrap up work before TPAC.  This 
> >>>statement was in turn followed up by another email from Glen in which 
> >>>he stated that he and Hans would work to summarize in-progress 
> >>>discussions as editor notes [2].  That second statement was made in 
> >>>the context of prioritizing wrapping up our work so that we would 
> >>>have time to transition into a WG within the agreed TPAC timeframe. 
> >>> This is in contrast to the model where we would push out the date in 
> >>>hopes of achieving stability.
> >>> 
> >>> 2)      Test suites are nice to have, but they would not blocking 
> >>>formation of a WG.
> >>> 
> >>> 3)      Once the Speech API is adopted by a WG, we can conclude this 
> >>>CG.  Id like to point out that the Speech JavaScript API is an 
> >>>explicit part of the new WG charter.
> >>> 
> >>>  
> >>> 
> >>> In short, your statement constitutes a major reversal of the premise 
> >>>of this CG.  Please clarify.
> >>> 
> >>> 
> >>> 
> >>> We wish to continue as a CG to rapidly complete this work, rather 
> >>>than take on the overhead of forming a new WG. We will not join a new 
> >>>WG at this time.
> >>> 
> >>> [Milan] Yes, there is a bit of overhead to forming a WG, but most of 
> >>>that has already been done for you.  As far as operating within a WG, 
> >>>I see significant gains to what we can accomplish, and well have a 
> >>>standards-track document to show in the end.
> >>> 
> >>> Thanks
> >>> 
> >>> [1] 
> >>>http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-speech-api/2012Jun/0139.html
> >>> 
> >>> [2] 
> >>>http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-speech-api/2012Aug/0026.html
> >>> 
> >>>  
> >>> 
> >>> 
> >>> 
> >>> Cheers
> >>> Satish
> >>> 
> >>> On Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 12:55 AM, Young, Milan 
> >>><Milan.Young@nuance.com> wrote:
> >>> 
> >>> I suggest we use the attached as the first draft for our new 
> >>>charter.  After gathering feedback from this group, I am planning to 
> >>>push the document through the usual channels.
> >>> 
> >>>  
> >>> 
> >>> Note that Ive also requested space at the upcoming TPAC, which Im 
> >>>hoping will serve as our first meeting (informal or otherwise). 
> >>> Were on the waiting list for a room to free up (made the line 
> >>>August 7th).  I believe Matt Wormer is trying something similar, so 
> >>>please respond to his post [1] if you can make it.
> >>> 
> >>>  
> >>> 
> >>> Thanks
> >>> 
> >>>  
> >>> 
> >>> [1] 
> >>>http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-speech-api/2012Sep/0021.html
> >>> 
> >>>  
> >>> 
> >>>  
> >>> 
> >>>  
> >>> 
> >>> 
> >>> 
> > 
> 
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