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[wbs] response to 'Call for Review: JSON-LD Working Group Charter'

From: David Baron via WBS Mailer <sysbot+wbs@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2018 17:27:03 +0000
To: public-new-work@w3.org
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The following answers have been successfully submitted to 'Call for Review:
JSON-LD Working Group Charter' (Advisory Committee) for Mozilla Foundation
by David Baron.


The reviewer's organization abstains from this review.

Additional comments about the proposal:
   One concern that we've had over the past few years about JSON-LD
is that some people have been advocating that formats adopt
JSON-LD semantics, but at the same time allow processing as
regular JSON, as a way to make the adoption of JSON-LD
lighter-weight for producers and consumers who (like us) don't
want to have to implement full JSON-LD semantics.  This yields a
format with two classes of processors that will produce different
results on many inputs, which is bad for interoperability.  And
full JSON-LD implementation is often more complexity than needed
for both producers and consumers of content.  We don't want
people who produce Web sites or maintain Web browsers to have to
deal with this complexity.  For more details on this issue, see
https://hsivonen.fi/no-json-ns/ .

This leads us to be concerned about the Coordination section in
the charter, which suggests that some W3C Groups that we are
involved in or may end up implementing the work of (Web of
Things, Publishing) will use JSON-LD.  We would prefer that the
work of these groups not use JSON-LD for the reasons described
above, but this charter seems to imply that they will.

While in general we support doing maintenance (and thus aren't
objecting), we're also concerned that the charter is quite
open-ended about what new features will be included (e.g.,
referring to "requests for new features" and "take into account
new features and desired simplifications that have become
apparent since its publication").  As the guidance in
https://www.w3.org/Guide/standards-track/ suggests, new features
should be limited to those already incubated in the CG.  (If we
were planning to implement, we might be objecting on these
grounds.)


Answers to this questionnaire can be set and changed at
https://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/33280/jsonld-charter-201803/ until
2018-04-29.

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