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   Re: Comments on "W3C Process getting bumpy?"

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  • From: "Michael Champion" <Mike.Champion@softwareag-usa.com>
  • To: "XML-Dev Mailing list" <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 19:05:26 -0400

----- Original Message -----
From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
To: "XML-Dev Mailing list" <xml-dev@xml.org>
Sent: Friday, May 12, 2000 5:20 PM
Subject: Fwd: Comments on "W3C Process getting bumpy?"

> An official response, for folks who are interested.

OK, here's an unofficial, but informed response, that's as far as I can go
without violating the code of omerta -- oops, sorry, the W3C confidentiality
agreement ;~)

"This specification is still in the Candidate Recommendation phase. A
coordination issue has arisen, which necessitates an extended Candidate
Recommendation phase. It will end when the coordination issue is resolved."

This means EXACTLY what it says.  There is a coordination issue, no one
knows how long it will take to resolve that issue, and the DOM Level 2 will
proceed to PR or else fix the problems raised by the "coordination issue"
when it IS resolved. The DOM WG carefully considered the wording quoted
above to convey the message that the current DOM Level 2 draft is still a
"Candidate Recommendation" which may or may not change before it becomes a
"Proposed Recommendation", and we don't want to raise expectations about the
outcome or timing of events beyond our control.

This is not a communications problem, a travel schedule issue, a new wrinkle
in the W3C process, or a failure by the DOM WG to follow the process ... it
is a real, rather knotty issue concerning the "coordination" of various
XML-related activities.  It affects not only the DOM, but other W3C specs as

More I cannot say ...  sorry. It may be unfortunate that we can't discuss it
here, but I assure you that whatever the resolution is, the XML world will
be a better place than it is now with the "coordination issue" unresolved.

Mike Champion
member of W3C DOM working group but speaking only for myself.

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