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From: Ora Lassila <daml@lassila.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 21:16:07 -0500
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To: www-webont-wg@w3.org

I sympathize with the chairs and the editors -- they particularly are 
under tremendous pressure. However,

Jim Hendler wrote:
>Our WG deadlines are
>not very negotiable, but our "staffing", with 50 WG members, can be.

Why cannot we negotiate deadlines?

We are engaged in fundamentally important work: we are trying to 
produce the *best* possible specification, and if we need to take 
some extra time I feel we should be allowed to do it. Largely 
artificial deadlines should not be the biggest pressure when "design 
by committee" is our greatest enemy.

Too often -- in the context of some W3C working group -- I have heard 
the comment "we do not have time for this" when someone has suggested 
some improvement.

Food for thought.

	- Ora

Ora Lassila  mailto:daml@lassila.org  http://www.lassila.org/
Research Fellow, Nokia Research Center
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