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Web Payment IG - Reality Check

From: Anders Rundgren <anders.rundgren.net@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:02:50 +0100
Message-ID: <54772F0A.50506@gmail.com>
To: Web Payments CG <public-webpayments@w3.org>, "public-webpayments-comments@w3.org" <public-webpayments-comments@w3.org>
CC: Stephane Boyera <boyera@w3.org>
The activity on the Web Payment IG mailing-list is less than one-tenth of for example TLS 1.3
although the TLS WG deals with a much smaller and better scoped task.  Yes, the IG haven't
decided what to do but doesn't that call for an even higher activity?

Some of the participants have toiled with this topic like forever without reaching the bigger market.

My guess is that you need a team of competent programmers, a couple of editors, marketing folks
and very strong project management to get anywhere but still there are no guarantees for success.

This doesn't look like your average standardization project.  Who has $20M and five years to spend?

Just as a reference my SKS/KeyGen2 project which "only" targets tokens have burnt at least $2M
and taken roughly 10 000 man-hours to complete.  It was an in-house project as well which of
course is much cheaper (and faster) than standardization.

Cheers,
Anders
Received on Thursday, 27 November 2014 14:03:22 UTC

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