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"Living Standards"

From: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2011 17:04:04 +0100
To: "public-w3process@w3.org" <public-w3process@w3.org>
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Hi folks,

In this still fairly small group there are some proponents of the "living
standard" model where documents are never finished. Some people (me, for
example) think that stable Recommendations are a valuable service to the

We could have a flamewar about why everyone who disagrees with me is
stupid and foolish (for the 17 values of "me" the group currently offers,
although of course *I* am the one who is right in any real flamewar ;) ).
I think that would be a waste of my holidays. But I do suspect a serious
discussion about why we believe what we do could be a useful exercise,
because there seems to be a lot of common ground in things we think
should be improved, and that we each have some perspective and insight
that the others don't - and sharing that would be a constructive thing to

So here beginneth the thread, and I'll explain in a reply some things I  
think are better about the living standards model (obviously, the current  
model is far from perfect, and I think there is a bunch of good thinking  
behind "living standards" even if I think the conclusion is wrong) and  
some things I think are important about the stable version world. Maybe we  
end up with something everyone thinks are improvements - which doesn't  
mean the discussion is over, but that we can propose them to W3C in the  
meantime, and if they really have broad consensus we can at least make  
things better before we get to where we want to be.



Charles 'chaals' McCathieNevile  Opera Software, Standards Group
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