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   Re: [xml-dev] W3C Voting (Was: XML Catalogs finished?)

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lauren@textuality.com (Lauren Wood) writes:
>In practice what the Advisory Committee members (one per company) say 
>is taken very seriously when the Director (in practice, some subset 
>of the W3C staff and the Director) makes the decision. I don't know 
>that it's ever happened, but I would expect the if a majority of 
>Advisory Committee representatives were against a specification, that 
>it would not be made a Recommendation until the problems were fixed. 
>W3C process, however, would make it difficult for any spec to get 
>that far without the problems becoming obvious. I would expect most 
>problems to surface at Last Call if not before, which is two process 
>steps before Proposed Recommendation.

This is a good general picture, but there are a few darker pieces worth

1) Large changes to foundations occasionally creep through into the
CR/PR phases.

2) Forward momentum (perhaps especially of the "can't we just be done
with this already" kind) is awfully hard to stop.  

3) I don't know if the W3C expects (like OASIS) 80% of voters to have no
opinion, but there are lots of automatic yes votes.  This isn't an
isolated case - ISO is often the same way - but it makes #2 trickier.  

At least in theory, the Director choice model may help with these, but
assembling a majority of AC representatives to oppose a spec and get
that message through seems like a difficult task at best.  

Simon St.Laurent
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