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"due consideration"

From: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2009 19:51:09 -0700
To: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>, WHATWG <whatwg@lists.whatwg.org>
Message-ID: <8B62A039C620904E92F1233570534C9B0118D817FC5B@nambx04.corp.adobe.com>
> "When people's opinions are ultimately rejected, it is not without due consideration first."

The word "consider" is used inconsistently, and the result is confusion. I am willing to believe the confusion isn't deliberate.

In some circumstances, you could say something has been "considered" if a person has given thought to the subject. So, I have considered what I am saying, here, but that consideration is my personal thought. T

On the other hand, in standards activities and other group decision making processes, a topic is "considered" if it has actually been raised, discussed, the sense of the participants assessed, before a group assessment and response is made.

In HTML, so far, most comments have only been "considered" in the former sense. I believe, however, that most people expect their contributions, feedback and comments on a standard specification to be "considered" in the latter sense, and what  "due consideration" requires in an open standards process.

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