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Standards status categories

From: Janet Swisher <jswisher@mozilla.com>
Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2012 18:00:50 -0600
Message-ID: <50C28332.5030809@mozilla.com>
To: public-webplatform@w3.org
Starting a new thread, as suggested. If there's interest, we can discuss 
in a Content call.

I'd like if we could define these categories as objectively as possible. 
"Stable" is a useful concept for web developers, but hard to pin down. 
Technologies with the same official standardization status can vary 
widely in their level of stability (rate of change). Any ideas on how to 
tackle that?

Of the values listed on 
http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/Property:Standardization_Status I'd 
like to collapse "Experimental" into "Non-Standard". "Aim to one day be 
a standard" is not a property of a technology; it is an intention of an 
organization of human beings, and therefore prone to politics. 
Therefore, I suggest using "Non-standard" for anything that can be 
freely used, and doesn't have at least two compatible implementations. 
The intentions of the proposing organization can be explained on the 
overview page for the technology.

I would define "Proprietary" as something that has restrictions on its 
use (such as patent liability or a required, non-openly-licensed 
toolkit); things in this category are generally not considered 
appropriate for this site.

On 12/5/12 6:17 PM, Alex Komoroske wrote:
> I'm all for clearly calling out this information on listing pages and 
> on the page itself. Before the public announcement we had plans to 
> style the standardization status flag appropriately on the page 
> itself, but never got around to it. Ideally some of our 
> design-inclined participants will chime in on this specific styling.
> Michael, the question of what the different standardization statuses 
> are is a difficult issue and deserves its own thread (or topic at a 
> content meeting). The current list of statuses is at 
> http://docs.webplatform.org/wiki/Property:Standardization_Status .
> On Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 9:32 AM, Michael Champion (MS OPEN TECH) 
> <Michael.Champion@microsoft.com 
> <mailto:Michael.Champion@microsoft.com>> wrote:
> The appearance looks fine, but there's a continuum from "non-standard" 
> to "standard" that might need some discussion. Off the top of my head, 
> there's:
> - Totally proprietary,  never offered for standardization and without 
> any sort of IPR commitment
> - Not offered for standardization but for which there are some 
> royalty-free patent commitments (VP8 might be an example)
> - Offered for standardization but ended up as W3C Notes rather than 
> standards (Web SQL API comes to mind)
> - On a standards track but not stable yet
> - Stable spec that is (or is likely to be) standardized in more or 
> less its current form (e.g HTML5, 2D Canvas, etc.)
> That's probably to fine-grained for WPD's purposes, but I'd think that 
> at least 3 categories are needed, something like:
> - Proprietary
> - Draft Standard
> - Stable Standard

Janet Swisher <mailto:jREMOVEswisher@mozilla.com>
Mozilla Developer Network <https://developer.mozilla.org>
Technical Writer/Community Steward
Received on Saturday, 8 December 2012 00:01:21 UTC

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