[foaf-protocols] W3C Social Web Incubator proposal

Dan Brickley danbri at danbri.org
Tue Dec 7 20:24:57 CET 2010

On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 8:08 PM, peter williams <home_pw at msn.com> wrote:
> The problem is, under IETF rules, folks are going to argue that the topic
> ought to be subject of an IETF WG

That's the joy of the Incubator mechanism. Officially they're just
little preliminary investigations, and so long as the topic isn't
obviously ridiculous or super-controversial (eg. Web standards for
illegal filesharing? markup for Govt Cables etc.), then W3C
effectively says "so long as a few Members support the idea, then the
forum gets created'. And new W3C efforts (towards "Community groups")
will be taking this further.

Now once the group is created, it can create docs including proposals
for future work. That's where the IETF/W3C/etc 'where should this
live' discussion happens.

IETF folk might reasonably object to W3C creating a
Recommendation-track standards effort in this area; however I don't
expect objections to an incubator  group to explore the design



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