Findings of the W3C TAG

The primary activity of the TAG is to develop Architectural Recommendations. The TAG findings listed below document fundamental principles that should be adhered to by all Web components. The TAG expects to include these findings in the TAG's Architectural Recommendations, to be published according to the requirements of the W3C Recommendation Track process.

This page documents TAG findings, which may either be approved or draft findings.

The TAG gathers input from the community as it works on draft findings. Once the TAG approves finding, it announces it to www-tag as an approved finding. The TAG may review the finding if there is substantial opposition.

Approved findings

Draft findings

Archival findings

About TAG findings

At its 4 Nov 2002 teleconference, the TAG agreed to adopt the following policy for managing findings versions.

A finding draft should be managed like a W3C technical report:

  • After announcement of a draft, we don't modify it.
  • Each draft has a latest/this version URI and links to the previous version.
  • The status section of a finding draft indicates whether the document is a draft/for review in light of TAG consensus/ approved by the TAG.

Having approved a finding:

  • For minor changes thereafter, we continue to publish updates using the same "latest version URI" (i.e., it remains part of the same document series). It is possible for the latest version of the series to be "not yet approved". That should be a temporary state, however. Findings in an intermediate state should refer to the previous approved version.
  • For major changes, we can start a new series (with a different "latest version URI"). If we start a new series, the new series should explain its relation to the old one (e.g., whether the new series supersedes the old series).