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Re: Document License prohibits profiles?

From: Lofton Henderson <lofton@rockynet.com>
Date: Thu, 04 Nov 2004 09:20:46 -0700
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To: Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux <dom@w3.org>
Cc: www-qa-wg@w3.org

One more comment...

At 09:05 AM 11/4/2004 +0100, Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux wrote:
>Le jeu 04/11/2004 ŗ 00:18, Lofton Henderson a ťcrit :
>[prohibiting profiles] ...I think it's also one of the goals of
>the Document License (i.e. I don't think W3C want other groups to take a
>part of its specifications and do something that would go against the
>spirit of the spec).

Who is the arbiter of "spirit of the spec"?  The WG?

And what criteria can it use to measure "spirit of the spec"?  Can it make 
value judgements about the intended use?  Moral judgements (e.g.prohibit 
Dept. of Homeland Security from making an anti-terrorism profile of 
SVG)?  Or purely limited to technical criteria (profile is well formed and 
valid according to some rules)?  Can it prohibit profiling/subsetting 

This seems like a slippery slope, if the answers are 'yes' to any of the 
questions other than defining what is a well-formed and/or valid profile.

Btw, the Document License and associated FAQ do not even appear to grant 
such latitude to the WG.  It says, " if additional requirements (documented 
in the Copyright FAQ) are satisfied, the right to create modifications or 
derivatives is sometimes granted by the W3C to individuals complying with 
those requirements."  The FAQ does not imply that profiling is one of the 
areas of latitude.

(I'll put the question to site policy now, and also onto IG list as Lynne 

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