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Re: SVG Tiny 1.2 is now a Candidate Recommendation

From: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>
Date: Thu, 10 Aug 2006 16:05:12 -0500
Message-ID: <44DB9F88.9060506@mit.edu>
To: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
CC: www-svg@w3.org

Chris Lilley wrote:
>   Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Tiny 1.2 Specification
>   http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/CR-SVGMobile12-20060810/
> is a W3C Candidate Recommendation.

I must say that this comes as somewhat of a surprise to me, given that there are 
unresolved comments from last call (at the very least, some of my comments). I'm 
particularly concerned about my comments regarding the definitions of "SVG 
document fragment" and "Current SVG document fragment".  I've been getting the 
run-around on this issue since May 2005, with no resolution in sight.  The last 
time I discussed it with a Working Group member (Doug, about 2-3 days ago), it 
became clear that there were some fundamental misunderstandings about what was 
being defined, and that at least some SVG working group members weren't clear on 
what these concepts really meant.

Since these concepts are used throughout the SVG Tiny 1.2 text, the lack of 
clear definitions has been blocking me being able to even review large parts of 
the specification.

Now that the specification is in CR and the call for implementations has been 
issued, I, as an implementor, am blocked on implementing anything due to the 
lack of clear definitions of these fundamental concepts.  My only options are to 
either reverse-engineer other implementations, or ask the Working group a whole 
lot of questions on a case-by-case (possibly testcase-by-testcase) basis.

Given this state of affairs, and the fact that my formal objections to 
resolutions (or rather lack thereof) of some of my other requests are not even 
mentioned in the announcement e-mail, my conclusion is that my involvement with 
the SVG 1.2 Tiny process has been a complete waste of my time, with the SVG 
Woring Group operating in bad faith throughout.  The only tangible effect of my 
participation seems to be frustration on my part.

To be a little more clear, since there seems to be a history of the SVG Working 
Group misunderstanding my comments, I no longer plan to participate in this 
farce of a W3C process.

Looking forward to having more free time now,
Received on Thursday, 10 August 2006 21:05:26 UTC

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