confidentiality in W3C WGs

Tim Bray tbray at
Fri Sep 10 19:44:03 BST 1999

When I try to explain the W3C's structure to conference and tutorial 
audiences, sometimes I put it like this:

"We lock the engineers from Netscape & Microsoft & Sun & IBM & Adobe
 & everyone else in a room and keep them there until they work it out.  
 The idea is to keep the marketing droids from making trouble."

which glosses over a lot of the details and subtleties of the picture.
But is kind of how I think about the process. 

As a historical note, one big reason why Tim B-L and the guys were able 
to bootstrap the W3C back in '94 was the public self-destruction of the 
HTML3 process over in the IETF.  I wasn't there so I won't comment on it, 
but it's certainly an interesting story. -T.

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