Re: CfC: Create Media Task Force

On Apr 3, 2012, at 11:58 AM, Paul Cotton wrote:

> ** RESOLUTION: The HTML Working Group shall create a Media Task Force to advise on HTML media-related features. **
> If we create this Task Force, any HTML WG member will be free to participate.  Any interested members of the Web and TV IG must join the HTML WG first before being permitted to join this TF.  The Chairs of the HTML WG will appoint facilitators. The Task  Force will operate according to the principles laid out below:
> HTML WG Media Task Force:
> 1. Any HTML WG member can join the Media Task Force (opt in model).
> 2. Any Web and TV IG [1] member that wants to join the Media TF should first join the HTML WG (see item 1).
> 3. Any member of the Media TF MUST be a member of the HTML WG.    
> 4. The Media TF will use a separate email list for TF discussions (ie
> 5. The Media TF may have a separate weekly meeting slot (day and time TBD).
> 6. The Media TF will not make final decisions about its scope, work plan or work products. These decisions will be made by HTML WG.
>      Note: The HTML WG might decide at some future point in time to delegate more responsibility to the Media TF.
> 7. Facilitator(s) of the Media TF will be selected by the HTML WG chairs.
> 8. The Media TF facilitator(s) will report back to the HTML WG on the work of the TF on a regular basis.
> 9. The first task of the Media TF will be to draft its scope and initial work plan.  This scope will include work on the Encrypted Media proposal [2] in order produce a candidate first public Working Draft.
> If you object to this resolution, please indicate your objection by Tuesday April 10 2012. If you object, please give a reason.  If there are no objections by the stated date, this resolution will become a Working Group Decision by unanimous consent.

I have one objection and one suggestion (both with chair hat off):

Objection: I object to this task force being named the "HTML WG Media Task Force", as this implies their area of responsibility would be all HTML Media work. I do not believe that is the intent, and I do not think we want to disrupt the media-related work that happens in the HTML WG Accessibility Task Force or in the HTML WG proper. I previously suggested "HTML WG Encrypted Media Task Force" and no one objected to this alternate name. Changing the name would remove my objection.

Suggestion: It seems to me that this topic engenders great controversy. Whether to pursue work in this area is an important strategic question for the W3C as a whole. Therefore, I would suggest proposing a new Working Group for this work. Note that this is not an objection; I do believe that the proposal is reasonably in scope for the HTML WG as currently chartered. However, I believe an explicit decision by the W3C Team and the AC on whether to pursue this work would be valuable, regardless of the outcome. If the Team and AC decide to pursue this work, with knowledge of the concerns stated, I think that would be a clear signal that further discussion should focus on purely technical issues, or ways to mitigate the impact on open source and barriers to entry to the browser market. On the other hand, if the AC or Team refuse to support this work, it would be good to know that up front, rather than later during transition calls. In fact, even if the TF is formed as an initial staging ground, it may be wise to create a separate WG as the proposal develops. I hope that the authors of the Encrypted Media proposal will consider this approach.

I'd like to be clear also that I'm not objecting at this time to the content of the proposal.


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