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Re: Selectors API naming

From: Nicolas Mendoza <mendoza@pvv.ntnu.no>
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 21:07:25 +0100
To: "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>, "Jon Ferraiolo" <jferrai@us.ibm.com>
Cc: João Eiras <joao.eiras@gmail.com>, "Web APIs WG" <public-webapi@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.tmp7inpe4q17ch@paula>

On Thu, 25 Jan 2007 20:43:50 +0100, Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> wrote:


> Web specifications affect everyone in the Web community, and so Web
> specifications should be developed in the open. The term "Working Group
> Member" is misleading -- there should not be anything special to being a
> W3C member when it comes to the development of Web technologies. Given  
> the
> prohibitively high price of W3C membership, not to mention the cost of
> attending regular meetings around the globe, it is absolutely imperative
> that we not limit equal participation to only those capable of paying the
> W3C to become Working Group members.
> Thus, an editor's responsibility is not simply to make sure the will of
> the "Working Group Members" is reflected in the spec -- the editor's
> responsibility is to make sure the will of the entire Web community is
> reflected in the spec, and the Working Group's responsibility is to make
> sure that the editor indeed does this.

I suppose you agree though, that after discussing something in the open  
(Hey, even I was able to comment on the naming scheme. My voice was heard,  
without being member of any w3c group.) someone needs to take a decision.  
It seems natural that a working group concludes on something based on the  
feedback it gets, and as far as I can see the result is according to that,  
in this matter.

You might argue that an open mailing list is not enough to be called an  
open process, but that is another matter altogether. I'm sure there are  
measures to take to emphasize the wish and need of feedback when creating  
specs that are meant to cater for the web community rather than a group,  
as you say this particular spec is supposed to do.


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