Re: Follow-up to TAG meeting on Powerful Features

That's not exactly how I remembered it, and I'm not sure if that will
address Mozilla's concerns.

I think that Mozilla is correct that controversies will almost certainly
arise around this kind of decision, and there is a very real tension to
resolve.  It's not unreasonable to be concerned about normative language
coming from a group from a self-selected group with a very particular point
of view being applied to override hard-fought consensus from other groups.

I think this is exactly the kind of issue that the TAG is designed to
address, and which, as a group elected by the membership at large, has the
legitimacy to do so.

I believe it makes sense for this to be delivered as a joint deliverable
with the TAG, to help ensure it receives the widest possible review and
"puts on notice" the W3C community that new Recommendations will be
assessed against these criteria so that they can have these discussions in
their own groups, early in their process.

I think the expectation should be that, while non-normative, the TAG will
review new Candidate Recommendations against these criteria and may object
or ask a group to revisit a decision to make a feature available in
insecure contexts, if it believes that the group has not diligently applied
the rubric.  And that the WebAppSec WG (and Security and Privacy IGs!) may
be called on to assist the TAG as subject matter experts, but will not be
responsible for the final decision.

The language of the document will not be normative, but the consensus of
the community in behalf of the Web, as represented by the TAG, will.


On Tue Feb 17 2015 at 7:30:54 AM Daniel Appelquist <> wrote:

> Hi Wendy -
> As captured in our raw minutes (
> I believe Yan stepped
> forward to play that role. I think it’s up to the WebAppSec group chairs to
> determine whether that should be a co-editorship. My suggestion was to use
> the packaging spec ( as a template
> for what a joint deliverable could look like (check out the Status section
> of that document).
> Dan
> On 16 Feb 2015, at 10:07, Wendy Seltzer <> wrote:
> Hi Dan and TAG, cc WebAppSec,
> Thanks for inviting discussion on "Requirements for Powerful Features"
> at the recent TAG meeting.
> As a proposed way forward, I heard TAG express interest in working with
> WebAppSec on the specification, to edit a joint product in which the
> requirements for "Is [insert feature here] powerful?" could be
> normative. That way, we'd combine the TAG's insight on architectural
> considerations with WebAppSec's security expertise.
> If that's a correct recollection, who from the TAG would be interested
> in working with WebAppSec, and how can I help to bring you on-board?
> Best,
> --Wendy
> --
> Wendy Seltzer -- +1.617.715.4883 (office)
> Policy Counsel and Domain Lead, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
>        +1.617.863.0613 (mobile)

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