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Re: WebPlat (was: Web Applications Working Group Charter Approved)

From: Philippe Le Hégaret <plh@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 15 May 2019 16:30:25 -0400
To: Michael Dyck <jmdyck@ibiblio.org>
Cc: public-webapps@w3.org
Message-ID: <99414fe3-c3e8-27a0-6086-c80393b00bd1@w3.org>
 > > 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., Léonie 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 says (as of May 2) that the WebPlat WG is closed, superseded by the 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.


We haven't closed the Working Group yet. As mentioned in the WebApps 
charter, the goal is to close the Web Platform Group but we're not quite 
at that point yet.

 > > 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?

The creation of the WebApps is only half of the story and we're about to 
make a separate announcement related to mosst of the specifications you 
listed above [1].


Philippe

[1] https://github.com/whatwg/sg/issues/90
Received on Wednesday, 15 May 2019 20:30:27 UTC

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