W3C's 'Moral Majesty'

Len Bullard cbullard at hiwaay.net
Sat Sep 11 17:42:31 BST 1999

Ann Navarro wrote:
> And finally, I must agree with Tim wrt: the value of face to face meetings.
> In fact, if we *weren't* so global in nature, I'd argue for *more* face to
> face meetings, rather than fewer, as productivity is so greatly increased
> during those periods.

Then, Ann, there is no difference between the processes which the W3C
to create specifications and ISO uses to create standards.  The four
a year typical in ISO work exactly the same.  The difference is ISO
documented issues and change lists.  It uses professional and proven
to edit standards.  Where are the issues and reasons for the changes to
XHTML specification being asked for by members of the development
Produce these and answer their questions or drop the pretense of moral 

In effect, the W3C is a consortium trying to write standards and has no
moral majesty, 
just a single authority vested to make decisions.  This is neither moral 
nor more effective:  just speedy.   Given the results for XHTML and the
umbrage, that speed may be perceived as bought at the cost of quality. 
So, the 
criticism of ISO and IETF in the article is obsequious and underhanded. 
expect the press to report the right facts as long as the W3C feeds them 
self-serving propaganda.


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