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Position statement

From: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Aug 2010 04:07:43 +0200
To: team-webontv-ws-submit@w3.org
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Opera Software has been delivering the Web to TV-enabled devices for many  
years, as part of its overall strategy to make the Web available to  
anybody on any device. In line with this and its support for standards  
Opera has been participating in a number of groups focused on TV adn Web,  
including OIPF and HbbTV.

Opera would like to see the use of HTML on TV more closely aligned with  
its usage in general, and believes that an important part of that is for  
the relevant stakeholders to be involved in the latest development taking  
place at W3C. A particlar concern is the proliferation of conformance  
requirements developed by external organisations to show that a runtime  
implements HTML (or CSS, or SVG, etc). While the goal of these efforts is  
to ensure interoperability, poor coordination can mean that the effect is  
actually to require a large amount of unprofitable work irrelevant to  
real-world developers.

Opera believes that the TV industry would be well-served by ensuring that  
standardisation of Web technology relevant to the TV industry is done  
either at W3C or in very close collaboration. We have been actively  
encouraging the TV industry groups with whom we work to improve their  
relationships and communication with W3C, and hope to see this produce  
demnstrable outcomes in terms of liaison agreements and better quality  
specifications and standards for this segment of industry.

Concrete areas where improvements could be made include producing test  
suites for the various foundational Web specifications such as HTML5, CSS,  
and SVG, and harmonising definitions of conformance to these standards to  
ensure that testing covers functionality that matters to industry and  
developers rather than being a high-cost exercise that doesn't measure  
likely success or utility in real marketplaces.

Charles McCathieNevile  Opera Software, Standards Group
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