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Re: Deciding in public (Was: SVGWG SVG-in-HTML proposal)

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 21:25:29 +0000 (UTC)
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Cc: Sam Ruby <rubys@us.ibm.com>, 'HTML WG' <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0807312117490.3295@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Thu, 31 Jul 2008, Julian Reschke wrote:
> Ian Hickson wrote:
> >
> > So it's fine for people to raise issues. The point is just that if their
> > proposal _has_ already been considered, I don't have the bandwidth to go
> > through and rehash the sometimes week-long discussions that such proposals
> > deserve to get. So sometimes I (and others) say "we've already considered
> > that, but rejected it because..." with some brief description of a problem,
> > usually the main problem, rarely the only problem, that affects the
> > proposal.
> > 
> > Is that unreasonable?
> It's unreasonable if you say "we", but what it really means "I".

I wish I could take all the credit, but seriously, many of the decisions 
made in the HTML5 spec are a group effort, even if you don't count the 
discussions on the many lists as being part of the decision process. In 
particular, for almost all non-trivial changes, I bounce ideas around on 
IRC as I'm editing the draft. Obviously, at a very practical level, since 
we're not voting on every change, I get the ultimate blame for the 
decisions that are made, but I really can't claim all the credit.

Everyone is welcome to join the IRC channels, by the way -- #htmlwg on the 
IRC network and #whatwg on the Freenode network. Logs can be found at:


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