Call for Exclusions: Evaluation and Report Language (EARL) 1.0 Schema

Dear Advisory Committee representative,

This is a W3C Patent Policy Call for Exclusions for the following
Recommendation Track document:

- Evaluation and Report Language (EARL) 1.0 Schema
  exclusion opportunity ending on 26 June 2007

This specification was produced by the Evaluation and Repair Tools 
Working Group.

If you do not wish to exclude patent claims during this exclusion
opportunity, no further action is required.

EARL 1.0 Schema was first published as a W3C Working Draft on 
6 December 2002:

At that time, the Working Group was not operating under the W3C Patent 
Policy. The Working Group began operating under the W3C Patent Policy 
with the 25 January 2005 Call for Participation:

Per section 2 of the W3C Patent Policy Transition Procedure, there
should have been an exclusion opportunity at that time for 90 days;

However, due to a bug (recently discovered and repaired) in the system 
we use to implement the W3C Patent Policy, we did not send a Call for 
Exclusions at that time. I apologize for any inconvenience caused by
the error.

On 23 March, the Working Group published EARL 1.0 Schema as a 
Last Call Working Draft:

Ordinarily, this would have triggered a second exclusion period 
lasting 60 days (per section 4.1 of the Patent Policy [1]). Because 
we missed the initial 90-day exclusion opportunity, we are increasing
this exclusion opportunity from 60 to 90 days. Participants thus
have an opportunity until 26 June 2007 to exclude patent claims 
reading on the entire text of this Last Call draft. 

The extended exclusion opportunity is unlikely to affect the group's
progress. Per this Patent Policy FAQ entry, please note that the group
may advance to Candidate Recommendation during this exclusion period:

Excluded claims are not subject to the licensing requirements of the W3C
Patent Policy for this document. For more information about exclusions,
please see

To make exclusions, please use the following form:

Summary information for this group related to the W3C Patent Policy is
available at:

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact,
for the Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group:
 * Shadi Abou-Zahra at

For more information on the W3C Patent Policy and patent claim
exclusions, see:

Thank you,

For Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director;
Ian Jacobs, Head of W3C Communications

Ian Jacobs (
Tel:                     +1 718 260-9447

Received on Wednesday, 28 March 2007 14:29:56 UTC