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Re: How Open is Open?

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Sat, 28 Jun 2008 07:01:46 +0000 (UTC)
To: public-webapps@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0806280701230.13974@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Fri, 27 Jun 2008, [someone] wrote [on the member-only list]:
> [many members of the working group, including Google, are not open 
> source companies]

Open source or not, standards development should be done in the open.

The very fact that this discussion isn't happening in the open is exactly 
what I'm concerned about.

The Web is too important to be held hostage to private discussions. If 
there are concerns that are confidential, they can be conveyed person-to- 
person (e.g. from the concerned company representative to the spec's 
editor or the group's chair), and a "sanitised" and anonymised version of 
the feedback can be brought to the table. But having an explicitly 
default-private backchannel is not in the best interests of the Web.

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