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Re: What is W3C trying to accomplish?

From: Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 10:36:20 -0400
To: Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>
Cc: public-vision-core <public-vision-core@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1279809380.2202.20.camel@jiffy>
On Wed, 2010-07-21 at 21:23 -0400, Philippe Le Hegaret wrote:

> I'd like to see if we could agree on a refinement of our Core mission at
> a high level.

We need to put equal (if not more) effort into developing proposals on
how to better achieve the core mission.  Some measure of clarifying
"Core mission" is worthwhile.  But I'm more worried about determining
what additional steps are required to better achieve it.

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