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Re: FYI, tag election links

From: John Kemp <john@jkemp.net>
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:46:57 -0500
Message-ID: <50CA4CD1.4070208@jkemp.net>
To: www-tag@w3.org
As a former member of the TAG and a working web developer, I would like 
to comment on the content of all the blog posts and the general trend 
towards reform.

TAG work has not historically consisted only of satisfying the needs of 
web developers. Admittedly, the TAG could certainly do more of relevance 
to web developers, but there are architectural issues that impact, and 
are impacted by other broader constituencies.

For example, I believe that there has been a tremendous shift from 
"declarative" to "imperative" with the transition to Javascript APIs 
defining the web platform, and specifications that rely on algorithms 
rather than defining a set of invariants.

These are rather historic shifts (in the Web's short history) and have 
impact far beyond my technical description. And web architecture as 
documented in AWWW has been proven to scale rather well, and support a 
particular kind of innovation that has spawned remarkable economic growth.

I can't say that I felt I was myself a "worthy guardian" of the Web as a 
member of the TAG, but I did get a very tangible sense that there was 
something of value that members of the TAG have helped build - something 
that goes beyond particular current or historical trends in web 
development. I hope that in the rush to reform and to meet the very real 
needs of web developers, the TAG doesn't throw the baby out with the 


On 12/13/2012 01:11 AM, Peter Linss wrote:
> On Dec 8, 2012, at 4:06 PM, Larry Masinter wrote:
>> For those who are only following this list, see blog posts
>> http://yehudakatz.com/2012/12/07/im-running-to-reform-the-w3cs-tag/
>> http://marcosc.com/2012/12/w3c-tag-elections/
>> http://infrequently.org/2012/12/reforming-the-w3c-tag/
>> http://infrequently.org/2012/11/election-season/
>> (are there any other links I missed?)
> For completeness, here's Anne's blog post:
> http://annevankesteren.nl/2012/12/w3c-tag
> and mine:
> https://blog.linss.com/2012/12/12/changing-the-tag-an-unexpected-opportunity/
> Peter
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