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On Fri, Aug 19, 2005 at 07:15:13PM +0100, Dave Pawson wrote:
> Not sure about W3C committees destroying hotel rooms
> (Liam is that true? :-)
Ask any W3Cer about Life After Wreck.
> but the 'stale' committee I'm sure> is a reality in most
> organisations. At least with the same faces they know that X will hit
> his hobby horse again, Y will agree if we shout etc. Bring new faces
> in and who knows what might happen. Less cosy.
There tends to be a certain amount of turnover in the W3C Working
Groups I've watched. People come and go, although usually there are
at least a few "core" participants who stay.
Yes, you always get someone who will raise a particular issue
whenever they can, but often they are also very useful participants
in other areas.
With hindsight we can say XML could have been simpler, and so could
XML Schema. This isn't unique to the W3C: FTP could be simpler,
and TCP (as in TCP/IP) had some features that turned out not to
scale well in all cases, such as "Slow Start". The local building
codes here in Ontario aren't the simplest either. But I'd rather
have all of these things than not have them at all, and in practice
that's usually the choice.
Now, I need to get back to the hotel room. I forgot to smash
Liam Quin, W3C XML Activity Lead, http://www.w3.org/People/Quin/