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Evergreen Formal Objection handling (ESFO)

From: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2019 11:38:05 -0700
Message-id: <EC791BCC-99AC-4925-9CAA-3380B8A7401B@apple.com>
Cc: Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>
To: W3C Process CG <public-w3process@w3.org>

here’s my suggestion. Replace this

	• must ensure Director review of all pending formal objections before 24 months have elapsed.
ISSUE-FO: what happens if the Group refuses to accept the Director's resolution? Some ideas:
		• The Working Group ceases its work
		• The Working Group is no longer allowed to publish an ERS
		• The document header indicates that the Director disagrees with some parts of the document


If a Formal Objection is raised against an Evergreen Standard:
* Until it is resolved, all copies (including the working group’s working draft, and the document linked as the current ES) MUST document the existence of the unresolved FO in the document header, and SHOULD document it also in the body of the text near the subject material;
* After resolution, the current ES must either reflect the decision (the Director’s decision, or the agreement reached with the consensus of the WG and objector under which they withdraw their FO), or cease to be published; if the working draft or other documents of the WG do not reflect the decision, the FO marking MUST be retained.

Note: if the FO is rejected, the markings are removed. If the FO is upheld, and the document can be easily adjusted (e.g. removal of an ‘atomic' feature), this should be straightforward. In complex cases, the ES may need to revert to a state to which the FO does not apply, and if there is no such state, return to provisional status with no ES publication.

Note: resolution can include reaching an agreement with the objector and the objector withdrawing their FO in favor of this resolution.

Note: the Director’s decision can, of course, be appealed.

Note: there are too many Notes here.

David Singer
Manager, Software Standards, Apple Inc.
Received on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 18:38:33 UTC

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