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Re: Question about constraint registration

From: Harald Alvestrand <harald@alvestrand.no>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 21:40:33 +0200
Message-ID: <5579E431.9030009@alvestrand.no>
To: public-media-capture@w3.org
Den 10. juni 2015 18:17, skrev Martin Thomson:
> On 10 June 2015 at 07:54, Cullen Jennings (fluffy) <fluffy@cisco.com> wrote:
>> even if no major browser intended to implement them
> 
> That goes to the crux of the matter for me.  What constituency does
> the W3C serve?
> 
> If we consider the web to be the primary consumer of the work here, I
> see little value in having API features defined, but not available to
> the web.

The typical cycle for new Web features is:

- Someone proposes it (enthusiastically)
- at least one person/group/company whatever implements it in some
fashion (including JS overlays, plugins, demo browsers, whathaveyou)
- the implementors and users clamor for inclusion in other platforms
- the feature is accepted, withers, or remains a bone of contention

Publication (stable reference) needs to happen at the first/second stage.

Standardization usually occurs somewhere between the first and last
stage, but the place it happens varies a lot from feature to feature.

The time from first to last stage can take months, years or decades
(SMIL 2 was a standard in 2005; now, 10 years later, it is still chuning
through stage 4).

> 
> That said, I think that we could stand to have a lower bar for entry
> than what it seems like we currently have.  Not that I'd advocate for
> a complete abdication of responsibility on our part either, just
> stewardship.
> 

Yep, the issues to be addressed include:

- What's the bar?
- Who administers the bar this week?
- Who administers the bar 10 years from now (if we still need it)?
- Where do the decisions on what passed the bar get recorded this week?
- Where do the decisions get recorded 10 years from now?

I think I've said something like this before...
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