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TAG Getting Through (And Privacy/Process Comments)

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean@mysterylights.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2001 22:11:11 +0100
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TAG got a mention on XML.com:-

http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2001/07/11/sunshine.html

Some interesting stuff is expressed therein.

I certainly agree that the world is owed a lengthier and more
standardized consensus based list of Web axioms than is present in
TimBL's DesignIssues [1], and although I agree with Aaron that the
swing towards privacy-for-no-reason is still apparent, I am delighted
that the work will apparently be divided carefully between public and
member only groups. I do believe that the use of the member only forum
should only be used to discuss things that are truly
member-confidential, however, and I trust that the TAG group will take
careful steps to ensure that useful information that may benefit the
public is a) not withheld, and b) if it is withheld, then there be
easy procedural steps for its release.

Indeed, I feel that the W3C has somewhat neglected to make provisions
for the release of material which is inadvertently
member-confidential. If the explicit written permissions of all
relevant parties (primary author, quoted material, and group chairs)
are obtained, then why should that member-confidential material not be
made public? Section 1.1.3 of the W3C process document [2] mentions
nothing at all about the mechanisms for releasing member-confidential
information, and in my opinion this is a mistake.

[1] http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/
[2]
http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Process-20010719/organization#confidentia
lity

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Kindest Regards,
Sean B. Palmer
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