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Re: Final version of the proposed plan

From: Bjoern Hoehrmann <derhoermi@gmx.net>
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:14:58 +0200
To: Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joe@cdt.org>
Cc: "public-tracking@w3.org (public-tracking@w3.org)" <public-tracking@w3.org>, "Matthias Schunter (Intel Corporation)" <mts-std@schunter.org>
Message-ID: <u34h39l5f6ec7nvjh1g1pk7chho583hdh4@hive.bjoern.hoehrmann.de>
* Joseph Lorenzo Hall wrote:
>Is this a way of saying that Matthias didn't take into account the need 
>to "coordinate reviews from other W3C groups, external groups, and the 
>general public, prior to any Last Call announcement" in the final plan?
>Sorry, but I can't intuit what you're getting at and need some help. 
>best, Joe

Perhaps a hypothetical scenario helps: let's say in December the group
has closed all but 1 issue in the tracker and then publishes a heartbeat
draft like the proposed plan says. Then Germany's Federal Commissioner
for Data Protection (or any other random person) decides the document is
mature enough for him to review it. He reviews it and sends in comments
asking for substantive changes.

That is a typical scenario in the W3C standardisation process and groups
are supposed to take active steps to obtain such early reviews. But the
proposed plan does not include, for instance, a step where the group
reaches out to stakeholders without representatives in the Working Group
when the document is reasonably mature.

Furthermore, the Working Group is required to formally address comments
like those described above in a timely manner and must attempt to
satisfy the reviewer. But the proposed plan does not make clear that it
will formally address them prior to making a Last Call announcement, and
likely make substantive changes to the document in response, even though
none of the rules imposed on group participants have been followed.

The point is that Matthias and the Working Group participants are under
an obligation to do what they can to ensure that there will only be one
single Last Call announcement, and that requires securing and properly
handling timely external reviews.
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