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Re: Frequently asked questions

From: Thomas Roessler <tlr@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2011 11:41:21 +0100
Cc: Thomas Roessler <tlr@w3.org>, "Tracking Protection Working Group WG (public-tracking@w3.org)" <public-tracking@w3.org>
Message-Id: <61AF999F-352A-49AE-8E2F-BA793CFF5BE7@w3.org>
To: Nicholas Doty <npdoty@w3.org>
Thanks, Nick, I like this.

Quick subtle point:

How does the W3C legally enforce standards?
In short, it doesn't. The W3C is not a regulator and no company (even a Member company participating in the Working Group) has a legal obligation to implement or conform to a standard published by the W3C. The Working Group may publish guides or test suites to determine whether an implementation conforms to a particular specification. Organizations that claim to conform to or comply with a particular specification may be bound by legal requirements depending on jurisdiction. Standards should not be interpreted as legal advice.


I'd strike the "legally" from the question.  I'd also phrase the part about guides and test suites slightly differently and say " may publish guides or test suites that can help to determine ".  The test suites we publish aren't typically geared toward strict conformance testing ("if you comply with the test suite, then you comply with the spec"), even though they can be useful for that.
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Thomas Roessler, W3C  <tlr@w3.org>  (@roessler)







On 2011-11-19, at 04:09 +0100, Nicholas Doty wrote:

> I've created a page to answer frequently asked questions about participation and process for the group. Hopefully this will help newcomers and potential participants in the group and save us all from repeating some common answers.
> 
> http://www.w3.org/2011/tracking-protection/faq
> 
> Please let me know if you have any suggestions, corrections or additions.
> 
> Thanks,
> Nick
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