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What is W3C trying to accomplish?

From: Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2010 21:23:46 -0400
To: public-vision-core <public-vision-core@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1279761826.30379.329.camel@chacal>
I'd like to see if we could agree on a refinement of our Core mission at
a high level.

We all know we're trying to bring the Web to its full potential. That's
the PR message.

I believe that our Core mission is:
to standardize a universal open platform for data, documents and
applications on the Web that is suitable for human to machine and
machine to machine interaction.

The universal aspect here is that our technologies are intended to be
used at a Web scale. Any use case that cannot find a justification in
the public Web, ie outside firewalls, shouldn't be classified as Core,
even though it may still be addressed for other reasons.

By "on the Web", I do mean having the ability to dereference URIs using
the HTTP protocol, with whatever device possible (desktop, laptop,
cellphone, TVs, cameras, car embedded systems, etc.). It doesn't mean
that other protocols aren't relevant but, again, they're not part of

Would anyone disagree that this is not what W3C ought to achieve? Am I
leaving out important of Core mission?

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