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Re: [Draft] Pre announcement for WebCGM 2.1 to a First Public and Last Call Working Draft.

From: Lofton Henderson <lofton@rockynet.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 11:23:46 -0600
Message-Id: <5.1.0.14.2.20080827110923.02215480@localhost>
To: Thierry Michel <tmichel@w3.org>,WebCGM WG <public-webcgm-wg@w3.org>
Cc: David Cruikshank <dvdcruikshank@gmail.com>,Don <don@cgmlarson.com>

Hi Thierry, All --

Thanks again for your efforts on getting us organized to move forward.

I'd like to comment on a couple of things, embedded...

At 02:03 PM 8/26/2008 +0200, Thierry Michel wrote:

>Following is a draft for the Pre announcement for WebCGM 2.1 to a First 
>Public and Last Call Working Draft.
>We should send this shortly (once the draft is frozen).
>
>Cheers,
>TM.
>
>_____________________________________________________________________
>
>Dear chairs and colleagues,
>
>The WebCGM WG plans to publish WebCGM 2.1 to a First Public and Last Call 
>Working Draft.
>
>A publication request will be sent shortly (we're targeting September 15th 
>2008).
>
>We plan on having a 2 months review period, ending on November 15th 2008. 
>Does any WG request more time than that?

We will of course have to adjust the start and finish somewhat, after we 
sort out our startup schedule.  But one initial thought:  I think we should 
close a bit earlier, if we anticipate a f2f Nov.19-21.  I think that 10-14 
days before would be better.  For example, if the f2f were Wed-Fri, then 
close something like Friday Nov.7, which is a week-and-a-half earlier.

Reason.  It gives us a chance to clarify and pre-negotiate any other WG's 
comments.  And maybe will help avoid a situation like last time, where we 
got comments just before the end of the Cologne F2F!

More...


>WebCGM has dependencies with the following working groups, as mentioned in 
>its charter:
>http://www.w3.org/2007/10/webcgm-charter.html
>
>*Internationalization Core Working Group
>* Synchronized Multimedia Working Group
>* Scalable Vector Graphics Working Group

Looking at the charter, the motivation for SMIL & SVG are tied to 
animation.  We had declarative animation in the requirements as a 
"maybe".  But we flagged it as probably beyond the scope of 2.1, and indeed 
that is how we are progressing.

Question.  How does the postponement of declarative animation affect the 
SVG and SMIL dependencies?  (Should the pre-announce mention it?)  Note 
that there are some "hooks" that have been put into 2.1 that allow DOM 
script writers to more easily produce certain kinds of simple animation 
effects.

Comments anyone?

-Lofton.


>The document is tentatively available at:
>http://www.w3.org/Graphics/WebCGM/drafts/current-editor-21/Overview.html
>
>
>Document Abstract and Status
>------------------------------
>
>Abstract
>
>Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM) is an ISO standard, defined by ISO/IEC 
>8632:1999, for the interchange of 2D vector and mixed vector/raster 
>graphics. WebCGM is a profile of CGM, which adds Web linking and is 
>optimized for Web applications in technical illustration, electronic 
>documentation, geophysical data visualization, and similar fields. First 
>published (1.0) in 1999, WebCGM unifies potentially diverse approaches to 
>CGM utilization in Web document applications. It therefore represents a 
>significant interoperability agreement amongst major users and 
>implementers of the ISO CGM standard.
>
>The design criteria for WebCGM aim to balance graphical expressive power 
>on the one hand, versus simplicity and implementability on the other. A 
>small but powerful set of standardized metadata elements supports the 
>functionalities of hyperlinking and document navigation, picture 
>structuring and layering, and enabling search and query of WebCGM picture 
>content.
>
>The present version, WebCGM 2.1, refines and completes the features of the 
>major WebCGM 2.0 release. WebCGM 2.0 added a DOM (API) specification for 
>programmatic access to WebCGM objects, a specification of an XML Companion 
>File (XCF) architecture, and extended the graphical and intelligent 
>content of WebCGM 1.0.
>Status of this Document
>
>This section describes the status of this document at the time of its 
>publication. Other documents may supersede this document. A list of 
>current W3C publications and the latest revision of this technical report 
>can be found in the W3C technical reports index at http://www.w3.org/TR/.
>
>This is the First Public Working Draft and a Last Call Working Draft of 
>"WebCGM 2.1".
>
>This document was developed by the WebCGM Working Group, part of the 
>Graphics Activity. The Working Group expects to advance this Working Draft 
>to Recommendation Status.
>
>This WebCGM 2.1 specification is based on a work by the same name, WebCGM 
>2.1 an OASIS Committee Specification. This initial W3C version of the 
>WebCGM 2.1 specification is substantially identical in technical content 
>to that Committee Specification. The WebCGM 2.1 specification is related 
>to the previous W3C work on WebCGM 1.0 and 2.0. WebCGM 2.0 was 
>simultaneously published by W3C as a Recommendation and by OASIS as an 
>OASIS Standard. The two versions are identical in technical content, 
>differing only in the formatting and presentation conventions of the two 
>organizations. It is agreed that WebCGM 2.1 will be progressed by the same 
>collaborative process and will result in technically a identical 
>Recommendation and OASIS Standard.
>
>The W3C Membership and other interested parties are invited to review the 
>document and send comments through 15 November 2008. Comments must be sent 
>to the public-webcgm@w3.org mailing list (public archive). Use "[LC 
>Review]" in the subject line of your email.
>
>Publication as a Working Draft does not imply endorsement by the W3C 
>Membership. This is a draft document and may be updated, replaced or 
>obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to cite this 
>document as other than work in progress.
>
>This document was produced by a group operating under the 5 February 2004 
>W3C Patent Policy. W3C maintains a public list of any patent disclosures 
>made in connection with the deliverables of the group; that page also 
>includes instructions for disclosing a patent. An individual who has 
>actual knowledge of a patent which the individual believes contains 
>Essential Claim(s) must disclose the information in accordance with 
>section 6 of the W3C Patent Policy.
>
>-----------------------------
>
>Sincerely,
>
>Thierry Michel (on behalf of the WebCGM WG chair)
>Team Contact for the WebCGM WG.
>
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