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Improving Communication and Expectations (was: Seeking earlier feedback from MS [Was: IE Team's Proposal for Cross Site Requests])

From: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 01:24:12 -0400
Message-ID: <4855F8FC.2080406@w3.org>
To: www-archive@w3.org, "public-webapps@w3.org" <public-webapps@w3.org>

Hi-

Ian Hickson wrote (on 6/15/08 11:11 PM):
> 
> If this was an isolated incident, 
> one might be more willing to give Microsoft the benefit of the doubt, but 
> it is just one more example in a long history of such behaviour that 
> started long before I got involved in the standards world in the late 90s. 
> If Microsoft want to improve their reputation, they should go above and 
> beyond being good citizens, not continue this long trend of half-hearted 
> participation.

To be fair, I want to note that during this same timeframe, we have been 
holding regular telcons for DOM3 Events, and that Travis Leithead (also 
of Microsoft's IE team) has been very helpful and productive, and has 
fulfilled his actions in a timely and considerate manner.

Perhaps part of the problem lies in not having regular and consistent 
contact with other participants in the group.  I think this is good 
evidence that having telcons improves communication and accountability, 
and establishes a sense of urgency and schedule.  Making decisions 
during telcons can help prevent dragging out issues.  It also helps 
humanize the actors, and improves our ability to work as a team, even 
when we work for rival organizations

I encourage the chairs of the new WebApps WG to start holding regular 
telcons in which binding decisions are made, based on evidence presented 
in email, wikis, tests, other documents, and (yes) verbal discussion.

Regards-
-Doug Schepers
W3C Team Contact, WebApps, SVG, and CDF
Received on Monday, 16 June 2008 05:24:47 GMT

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