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Re: formal objection to one vendor/one vote

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2009 16:06:43 +0200
Message-Id: <p0624083dc67a56f374db@[10.228.248.1]>
To: Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>, HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
Shelley

I think you are missing something rather fundamental.  We are in 
working drafts at the moment, and there have not been any 'votes'. 
We put into working drafts (a) our best ideas of the technology as it 
is developing, so we can critique, experiment with, and build upon it 
- for example, the markup of the <video> element; and (b) our 
consensus, where we have it, on other issues.

Consensus, by the way, in most standards organizations, is defined as 
the lack of sustained objection (by anyone).

We don't *need* to decide on mandatory, recommended, optional, or 
to-avoid codecs until quite late in the process.  It doesn't affect 
our understanding of the spec. or development of it, or building on 
it.  The question can remain quite easily open, if it needs to.

I think it would be a much better use of my time, your time, and 
everyone else's, probably, if we used our time to try to reach 
consensus, rather than complaining about something that has not 
happened.  We haven't voted.  Where we are is at a failure to reach 
consensus, which indeed later in the process might cause a formal 
vote.  I hope we can reach consensus instead; perhaps you do too.
-- 
David Singer
Multimedia Standards, Apple Inc.
Received on Wednesday, 8 July 2009 14:09:40 UTC

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