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WebPlat (was: Web Applications Working Group Charter Approved)

From: Michael Dyck <jmdyck@ibiblio.org>
Date: Tue, 14 May 2019 14:07:40 -0400
To: public-webapps@w3.org
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> The Director is pleased to announce the chartering of the Web Applications 
> Working Group:
> https://www.w3.org/2019/05/webapps-charter.html

I was interested to see section 10.2 "History of this WG" say that the Web 
Platform Working Group "remains active to work on specifications that are 
pertinent to the discussions relating to a collaboration agreement between 
the W3C and the WHATWG".

Available evidence appears to contradict this. E.g., LĂ©onie Watson has said 
that "The WebPlat WG is being put into a holding pattern, and it will be 
replaced by the Web Applications (WebApps) WG." And
     https://github.com/w3c/WebPlatformWG
says (as of May 2) that the WebPlat WG is closed, superseded by the WebApps WG.


> Most of the specifications of the WebApps Working Group were transferred from the Web Platform Working Group.

If anyone else is interested in what specs *didn't* get transferred, I 
looked at WebPlat's current charter:
    https://www.w3.org/2017/08/webplatform-charter.html
(expired about 6 weeks ago). If you take its deliverables and subtract the 
ones that have now been transferred to WebApps, that leaves (more or less):

- An update for DOM4
- DOM Parsing and Serialization
- Static Range
- execCommand
- HTML
- Microdata
- Web Sockets API
- Custom Elements
- Shadow DOM
- Web Interface Definition Language (Web IDL)
- Web Workers
- and all the "potential deliverables"

So, based on appearances, it looks like W3C has abandoned development of 
HTML + DOM etc. Of course, it's looked that way for a while, but is this 
maybe the closest thing we'll get to an official announcement to that effect?

-Michael
Received on Tuesday, 14 May 2019 18:09:35 UTC

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