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Re: IETF sponsorship

From: Ben Laurie <ben@gonzo.ben.algroup.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 6 Jan 1997 19:01:58 +0000 (GMT)
To: Jim Whitehead <ejw@ics.uci.edu>
Cc: w3c-dist-auth@www10.w3.org, Harald.T.Alvestrand@uninett.no, moore+iesg@cs.utk.edu
Message-ID: <9701061901.aa02345@gonzo.ben.algroup.co.uk>
Jim Whitehead wrote:
> Some issues that arose:
> - I conveyed the group's desire to receive sponsorship from both the W3C
> and the IETF.  Keith and Harald wanted to know exactly what this meant --
> which procedures would be followed, who would control documents, etc.  I
> stated that the IETF procedures and guidelines would be the ones followed.
> The benefit from W3C sponsorship would be to receive greater review and
> exposure in the Web community. Documents would be initially prepared
> according to IETF guidelines, then mirrored to the W3C. There was some
> concern that being a W3C working group would mean that working group
> documents could be kept hidden, which is contrary to the spirit and rules
> of the IETF.  I reaffirmed our position that the WEBDAV working group is
> open, producing open intermediate and final documents, and that this would
> not change under W3C sponsorship.

I'm somewhat surprised by this idea. Firstly, is it really the group's desire
to be sponsored by W3C? I've seen no opinions expressed either way. Secondly,
is the Web not part of the Internet? Are you suggesting that W3C members do
not take IETF standards to be definitive?

I'd also suggest that since W3C operates in a way which is contrary to the
IETF's practices, that it is not necessarily in the IETF's best interests to
endorse W3C in this way.

Cheers,

Ben.

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