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   RE: What is wrong with SVG?

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  • From: Peter Murray-Rust <peter@ursus.demon.co.uk>
  • To: "'XML-DEV (E-mail)'" <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Sun, 05 Mar 2000 23:23:06 +0000

At 14:06 05/03/00 -0800, Don Park wrote:
>A separate issue is whether there was adequate representation in the
>SVG WG for the 'middleware' community.  Most WG members seems to be
>either SVG editor or viewer publishers.

Whatever the membership I think they are keen to get feedback. SVG is on
Last Call and my impression from the WG is that they expect representations
at this stage.

>Lastly, I want to make it clear that I did not start this thread to
>kill or delay SVG.  

I don't think anyone would have thought that! 

>I am doing this because I prefer open discussions
>over 'send in your comments' approach to peer review.  I believe we
>will have simpler standards and wider application of those standards
>if the peer community has greater influence on the standardization

Jon Bosak explained the process whereby the W3C works *in general*. He made
it clear that the W3C was set up with a charter that gave the director the
ultimate role in deciding the outcome of activities. In practice the
behaviour of individual WGs is also moderated by the people on them. Some
WGs are more outward-looking than others. In practice many scan the various
non-W3C lists that relate to their subject, but will not normally respond.
Several people have mentioned that they do/do_not get a response when they
post to the WG editors. I expect that most of these editors are now aware
of the motivation/demotivation that this generates. I have no idea whether
editors are over- or underwhelmed with public submissions, but at least you
are formally encouraged to post to them.

In the present case there is probably no real point in discussing the
details of SVG *on XML-DEV*. WGs will not normally take notice, unless
there is so much clamour in the commons that it seems politic. There may be
a point in discussing some issues that are generic or cross more than one
spec. So if a number of W3C specs had attribute values or content that
require microparsing it could be useful to raise it here. It is unlikely
that there would be a direct response.


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