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[wbs] response to 'Call for Review: Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Working Group Charter'

From: David Baron via WBS Mailer <sysbot+wbs@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2019 19:45:02 +0000
To: public-new-work@w3.org
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The following answers have been successfully submitted to 'Call for Review:
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Working Group Charter' (Advisory Committee)
for Mozilla Foundation by David Baron.

The reviewer's organization suggests changes to this Charter, and only
supports the proposal if the changes are adopted [Formal Objection].

Additional comments about the proposal:
   We generally support this charter and its focus on stabilization and
testing, although we're not sure we'll be able to put significant effort
into supporting the group's work, especially any new features.

There are two particular concerns we have with the charter.

The first is with the sentence "As a secondary focus, the group may address
modules for new graphical features for SVG, once there is broad consensus
on adding each such feature to the Web Platform."  We'd like this sentence
to be clearer that "broad consensus" needs to include consensus of
implementors; a single implementor is not sufficient; broad consensus must
include explicit interest from at least two implementors in addition to
users interested in a feature.  It may also be preferable for incubation to
begin an a community group and then graduate to the working group.

The second is with the statement that SVG 2 updates SVG 1.1 to include
HTML5-compatible parsing.  While that's probably fine, we'd like it to be
clear that changes to the HTML parsing algorithm are out of scope; the HTML
parsing algorithm should be maintained in the HTML specification, and
should be changed very rarely due to the high costs of updating both
client-side and server-side software and the costs of those pieces of
software being out-of-sync.

We also have a few other smaller comments:

- The proposed "Core SVG" specification seems in some ways to duplicate or
replace the work in https://www.w3.org/TR/svg-integration/ .  It would be
useful to clarify the relationship.

- The statement in the Scope section that "The SVG WG develops a single
deliverable" seems to conflict with the deliverables section.

The reviewer's organization intends to participate in these groups:
   - Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Working Group

The reviewer's organization:
   - intends to review drafts as they are published and send comments.
   - intends to develop products based on this work.

Answers to this questionnaire can be set and changed at
https://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/33280/svg2019/ until 2019-01-25.


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