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TAG future (was Re: Some Feedback On Our Developer Meetup)

From: John Kemp <john@jkemp.net>
Date: Wed, 5 Jun 2013 21:55:51 -0400
Cc: Marcos Caceres <w3c@marcosc.com>, "Appelquist Daniel (UK)" <Daniel.Appelquist@telefonica.com>, www-tag <www-tag@w3.org>
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To: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>
On Jun 5, 2013, at 9:28 PM, Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com> wrote:

> Then again, the TAG is in transition. I'm not sure even we know what we're likely to deliver in six months, so this is a particularly messy time to raise the question of whether or not a particular community is being heard. The answer may be changing week by week anyway.

On this point, I would just like to add that although web developers are an important constituency, they are not the only constituency which might be addressed by the TAG. 

W3C must represent the needs of its member companies. 

But W3C is also much more important than that.

W3C represents the glue that binds its member companies with ordinary people who use the web -- either to author or read content. Or to people who might provide the next innovation on the Web and even become the member companies of the future. And this constituency is almost never heard from. We all benefit from those people too. They are our customers, and they are the people who might create the next inventions which we will one day use. Some of them are those people who will be the future "librarians"  of the Web, after we are all gone. Their needs go beyond those of Web developers or the member companies. They are not limited to questions of architectural layering, or APIs. 

The TAG has, in the past, helped articulate and meet some of those needs -- independent of the individual affiliations or interests of its members or the needs of WGs and Web developers, -- not only to the benefit of W3C members, but to the benefit of all of us. 

A very difficult task that, though.

Will the TAG, and W3C as a whole continue to perform this role?

Regards,

John

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