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   Re: [xml-dev] critique: Outsider's Guide to the W3C

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At 09:34 AM 1/10/2003 -0800, Tim Bray wrote:
>Jonathan Robie wrote:
>>It might be worth mentioning that the reason for labeling a WD as Last 
>>Call is that we really want people to look it over for any show-stopping 
>>problems. Also, it is worth noting that the last call review period is 
>>generally three weeks, so people should be aware that there is not a lot 
>>of time to review these documents.
>The realities are that most people ignore most working drafts most times, 
>just because they're too busy.  So what Last Call really means is "we know 
>you've been ignoring us, so really do take a look at this." One effect is 
>that the name "last call" occasionally misleads WG members into thinking 
>that they're almost finished, whereas in reality a lot of show-stopping 
>objections will raise their heads for the first time at this stage.  -Tim

Right. In fact, a Working Group may move a document to Last Call just to 
force feedback, even though we know there is more work to do.



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