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Re: Request for editing guidance

From: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2010 07:10:13 -0500
Message-ID: <AANLkTim-RdfMuK8sR_NVetgyVQgzigmNp8RkEKBiOY9N@mail.gmail.com>
To: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Hi Ian,

> I'm having trouble consistently applying the reasoning that is cited as
> supporting the various working group decisions.

I suggest that you file a bug on the decision policy [1].

> So that we can keep the specification coherent, I feel it is important
> that decisions be applied consistently.

Consistently would be a good goal.

The Chairs have a lot of power in this decision process. They are
judges of what comprises "weaker rationale". The working group has no
agreed to design principles. That may have helped. The process relies
solely on the Sam's, Paul's, and Maciej's principles and judgment. The
only recourse beyond the Chairs' decision is an appeal to the
director/formal objection.

You have a lot of power as editor. A year ago you told [1] me,

I don't think there is a single "truth" to be found here to be honest;
it's more of a judgement call. Language design usually is.

Your judgment is now being overruled by the Chairs' judgment. Neither
is based on pre-agreed to principles.

Best Regards,

[1] http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/buglist.cgi?product=HTML+WG&component=working+group+Decision+Policy
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2009Jun/0669.html

Laura L. Carlson
Received on Wednesday, 9 June 2010 12:10:41 UTC

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