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Re: some reflections on @alt usage

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 21:29:09 +0000 (UTC)
To: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Cc: Al Gilman <Alfred.S.Gilman@ieee.org>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0808222119290.19930@hixie.dreamhostps.com>

On Fri, 22 Aug 2008, Steven Faulkner wrote:
> [...] it would appear that now you are saying that you do accept:
> "The Working Group chairs are the authority as to what the group has 
> decided."?

I didn't realise that that was controversial. Our charter is pretty clear 
about that.

> and that the WG having made a consensus decision, at the chairs 
> direction you will
> "make edits scrupulously and reasonably swiftly following the decisions 
> of the HTML Working Group"?
> Is this an accurate description?

Sure, so long as I am editor, the chairs have the authority (and 
responsibility) to override me if I make mistakes. (Similarly, in the 
WHATWG, the list of core "members" has the authority to override me or 
replace me if I go off the rails.)

Obviously if the chairs started requiring me to make edits that were 
stupid, e.g. making the spec require things that browser vendors were 
refusing to implement, or making edits that ignored known issues, or 
requesting editorial changes of a non-technical nature in a manner that 
interferes with my ability to act as an effective editor, I would probably 
resign, since I wouldn't want to be associated with the resulting document 
in such a situation. But I am confident that our chairs have the same 
goals, so I don't see how that could happen.

As far as I am aware, this is all in line with what I've said since before 
the working group voted to have me be editor.

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