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Re: W3C Director's Blog on EME

From: Cory Doctorow <cory@eff.org>
Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2017 05:05:48 -0800
To: Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com>, "'public-html-media@w3.org'" <public-html-media@w3.org>, Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <08824d31-36eb-b437-1b1a-0073d8dcb565@eff.org>
Is there any answer on this pending from the W3C? It's a pretty
significant question. We have one pending decision (from the charter
renewal) and one pending poll (for publication as a recommendation),
both of which have had murky timelines and no information on when we can
expect clarity or timing information.

The Director's blog post on EME is fraught because it appears that he's
pre-announcing the outcome of both polls, including one that hasn't even
taken place.

How are we members supposed to read that post? Is it by way of saying
that though the AC can expect to be consulted at some time in the
future, the Director has already reached a conclusion and thus it will
be a pro forma exercise? I hope that's not the case, but the silence is
ominous.

The days of silence following my list message below further compound
this: presumably, the answer is either, "Tim's just speaking in his
personal capacity and still has an open mind about this with his
Director's hat on" or "You can all go home now, we've made up our mind
and nothing you can say will change it." Either way, I don't understand
why the W3C would be prepared to draft, publish and announce that post
but not answer basic followup questions in timely fashion.

Cory

On 02/28/2017 02:10 PM, Cory Doctorow wrote:
> I'm interested in getting some clarity on what this post means. Is the
> Director saying that regardless of the AC's (eventual, as yet not
> scheduled) poll outcomes on EME publication, he's decided what will happen?
> 
> Cory
> 
> On 02/28/2017 12:29 PM, Paul Cotton wrote:
>> See https://www.w3.org/blog/2017/02/on-eme-in-html5/
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>> /paulc
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>> HME WG Chair
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>> Paul Cotton, Microsoft Canada
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>> 17 Eleanor Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K2E 6A3
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