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Re: "starter" charters for planned W3C Publishing BG, EPUB 3 CG available for review

From: Cramer, Dave <Dave.Cramer@hbgusa.com>
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 16:49:16 +0000
To: "epub-working-group@googlegroups.com" <epub-working-group@googlegroups.com>, W3C Digital Publishing IG <public-digipub-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <D4B4D891.118BB%dave.cramer@hbgusa.com>
[Resending at the request of George]

The business group draft charter includes lots of statements that the BG will "review", "advise," etc. the interest and working group(s). What does this mean in practice? The W3C Process does not appear to grant any actual power to a business group over a working group, other than the ability of W3C members to raise formal objections. A BG could not hold a binding vote to approve or reject a REC-track document, for example.

I would also urge the business group to conduct its business in public. The W3C has been rightfully criticized in the past for allowing many decisions to happen in private. I would hope any mailing lists used by the business group and the steering committee would at least be publicly readable.

Dave Cramer

From: <epub-working-group@googlegroups.com<mailto:epub-working-group@googlegroups.com>> on behalf of Bill McCoy <bmccoy@idpf.org<mailto:bmccoy@idpf.org>>
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Date: Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 8:42 PM
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Subject: "starter" charters for planned W3C Publishing BG, EPUB 3 CG available for review

As part of work towards implementing the plan to combine IDPF with <http://idpf.org/news/idpf-members-approve-plan-to-combine-with-w3c> W3C<http://idpf.org/news/idpf-members-approve-plan-to-combine-with-w3c>, proposed initial charters have been drafted for the anticipated new W3C Publishing Business Group<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HNLmvdNvBbF4vJbkNRBgO5Wc0rDFsuoj0fdVAeLHIsk/pub>  and W3C EPUB 3 Community Group<https://docs.google.com/document/d/14dM4JUw9EGSZ8TvZPnVShT1lKhsiag1ctVQXdVxqhN0/pub>. These drafts were prepared in collaboration with co-chairs of the IDPF EPUB Working Group<https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/epub-working-group> and W3C Digital Publishing Interest Group<https://www.w3.org/dpub/IG/wiki/Main_Page>, together with IDPF and W3C leadership. They may be further refined, but we would like to solicit comments now, as input to that process, from all IDPF and W3C members and others in the publishing community. Note that the intention is only to have "starter" charters in place at the time the combination is effective (anticipated to be in January, 2017): once these new groups are operating they may, and likely will, choose to further revise their charters as part of establishing their own processes and work plans.

I will be collating incoming comments (these are up for public review, see: http://idpf.org/news/drafts-charters-of-w3c-publishing-business-group-epub-3-community-group ) but of course discussion is also welcome on these lists.




Bill McCoy
Executive Director
International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)
email: bmccoy@idpf.org<mailto:bmccoy@idpf.org>
mobile: +1 206 353 0233

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