Date: Thu, 12 Sep 1996 08:52:30 -0500 Message-Id: <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com From: "Eric W. Sink"
Subject: This WG is now closed
See: W3C HTML Activity for HTML development status.
The HTML Working Group is chartered firstly to describe, and secondly to develop, the HyperText Markup Language (HTML). The group's work is to be based on existing practice on the Internet, and will make due reference to the SGML standard. from the charter of the HTML WG
as of IETF 31, Dec 1994
If you are new to the IETF, you should probably do some background reading. I recommend:
IETF working groups exist for the sole purpose of drafting, revising, and reviewing Internet Standards. They have a focused charter and milestones. In order to conduct the business of the working group effectively, discussion of items not on the charter is prohibited (this rule is enforced by the working group chair, and sometimes the members. You have been warned.) There are a number of other HTML and WWW discussion forums, such as mailing lists and USENET newsgroups, where discussions of philosophy, proposed features, and announcements of WWW systems and resources are welcome.
The business of the working group is conducted on a public mailing list, <firstname.lastname@example.org> (formerly email@example.com).
Those who would propose new features or modify old ones are urged to discuss their ideas with experienced HTML implementors before going public. In any case, the following issues should be addressed in any proposal:
Your ideas will achieve greater credence if you take the time and effort to disseminate proposals as an internet draft. Don't forget to follow the internet draft guidelines: Guidelines to Authors of Internet-Drafts
"We value your opinion, really we do, but we're going to put a stiff tax on its expression, so that we won't have to hear it very often." -name withheld to protect the guilty ;-)