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ACTION-784: F2F discussion of layering

From: Noah Mendelsohn <nrm@arcanedomain.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Mar 2013 12:08:04 -0400
Message-ID: <513CAFE4.4040906@arcanedomain.com>
To: Alex Russell <slightlyoff@google.com>, Yehuda Katz <yehuda.katz@jquery.com>
CC: "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
Alex and Yehuda:

As we discussed on the call last week, you have

ACTION-784: on - Alex Russell - with help from Yehuda to frame F2F 
discussion of layering - Due: 2013-03-04 - OPEN

Yehuda mentioned on the call that you are indeed working on this, and now I 
need to be sure we have the appropriate agenda items and supporting 
material in place. Since this is your first time framing an issue for the 
TAG, I'll go into more detail than usual, starting with some general 
background, then specifics.

I assume that your interest here is to explore the possibility that the TAG 
might undertake a project focusing on some aspects of system layering. The 
general process is that you would prepare emails or other written materials 
supporting your case, and with or without such materials, prepare to make a 
presentation in person at the F2F. My goal here is to help you get ready 
for that.

General
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* It's up to you, but one often gets better discussion at the F2F if ideas 
are outlined first in email postings, blog postings, white papers, etc. 
Please identify to me anything you'd like listed as required reading ASAP.

* The TAG requires that before we make a long-term investment in a project, 
we agree on the sorts of information you'll find in the product pages for 
our other projects [1]. That is basically: what are the goals of the 
effort; what are more specific success criteria (e.g. who are we trying to 
influence, what problems are we trying to prevent, what opportunities are 
we trying to realize); what are the expected deliverables; who is assigned? 
We do NOT need all of this immediately, and it's OK if it takes a few 
months to get consensus that it's a good project. The more you can do to 
convince other TAG members that we have good answers to these questions, 
the more likely we are to agree to a project, and then to succeed with it.

* My experience is that we get a better start on these things if the 
initial presentations are balanced and present multiple sides of a 
question, at least if there is likely to be controversy in the community.


Specifics
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Alex and Yehuda: what I need from you in the next couple of days is:

* Agreement from Yehuda that he will present on behalf of himself and Alex, 
outlining the issues and giving initial ideas for what the TAG might do. 
Again, please try to be balanced and present any contrary positions you're 
aware of in the community.

* Alert me to anything specific you'd like to have included in the F2F 
agenda. I'm willing to devote multiple sessions to this, or at least to 
leave slots free should we find the need for more than 60-90 mins.

* I need any required reading you'd like other TAG members to review.

* I need some guidance on the goals and background section for the agenda. 
Use as your guide recent F2F agendas like the one at [2]. Note that each 
item needs goals for the session, and links to any background (don't be 
confused: after the meeting we link minutes from the agendas -- just look 
at the agenda part of the table, and especially the specific sections below 
the table).

* I think it might be useful if the three of us had a brief discussion this 
week to make sure planning for this session is coming together. Might you 
be available for a few minutes? My schedule is crazy, but if you're 
interested, we can work out times.

If there's anything I can do to help, let me know.

Noah

[1] http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/products/
[2] http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/2012/06/12-agenda
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