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Re: formal objection to one vendor/one vote

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2009 16:22:27 +0200
Message-Id: <p0624086cc680f29f4e8e@[10.228.248.1]>
To: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
Cc: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
At 10:05  -0400 13/07/09, Sam Ruby wrote:
>David Singer wrote:
>>At 9:51  -0400 13/07/09, Sam Ruby wrote:
>>>David Singer wrote:
>>>>At 7:08  -0400 13/07/09, Sam Ruby wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>At the present time, I am not aware of anybody actually pursuing 
>>>>>an alternative to what Ian has proposed in terms of required 
>>>>>codecs. Unless I can find an owner for Issue-7, my intent is to 
>>>>>(eventually) close it as resolved.
>>>>
>>>>Well, I am aware of people working on some of the issues around 
>>>>Ogg/Theora, I am aware of W3C staff member(s) who are looking at 
>>>>the situation, I have said several times I have and still am 
>>>>trying to pursue solutions when I can (though, I grant you, with 
>>>>nothing to report so far), so it's not quite true no-one is 
>>>>working on the problem.
>>>
>>>I am looking for an owner to that action item.  If you are 
>>>pursuing solutions, it might make sense for you to be the owner. 
>>>Are you volunteering?
>>
>>as long as there is an open issue on this question, I don't think 
>>it will make much practical difference, and assigning my name might 
>>be taken as an implication I think I know how to solve the problem 
>>(which I don't, but I continue to explore).  so, I guess this is a 
>>'no, let's leave an open un-assigned issue for now'.
>
>My intention is that make there be a very practical difference: 
>issues 7 has been open since 2007.  Recently, Ian made a provisional 
>decision. If nobody steps forward in the next few weeks to take 
>ownership of issue 7, I am fully prepared to close the issue.
>
>If anyone would like to see this item remain open, I ask them to 
>step forward at this time.  If someone does so, I will periodically 
>ask that person to report on status.

I think that it is an open issue, whether we identify it as such or 
not.  If you need a name to keep it formally open, then you could use 
mine, sure.

The trouble is that this issue pretty much has either nothing to 
report, or success;  the periodic status is likely yo be "we continue 
to struggle".

Having my name on it gives the correct impression that we're not 
happy either.  However, I am concerned that some may feel that I took 
the ownership in order to do nothing, or make sure nothing is done 
(which I cannot, in fact, ensure, of course).

I'll let you make the call...
-- 
David Singer
Multimedia Standards, Apple Inc.
Received on Monday, 13 July 2009 14:23:33 UTC

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