W3 Interactive TalkWIT is a
forms-based discussion system which we invented immediately following WWW94 in
order to allow discussions on W3 technical matters to be stored in a more
Ari put the scripts together in three days, so the format may yet change,
and they are not yet released for general use until we have a bit more
experience with them.
A WIT discussion has a certain structure to allow people (or programs) to see
what the state of play is.
It is an attempt to improve on the mayhem of newgroups and mailing lists,
where you can't see whether a point has been settled,
and it is very easy to bring up the same point agaian and again.
If you contribute to a WIT are,
your message will not evaporate after a few days,
but will be part of the knowledge structure of the database.
Discussion areas are set up by system managers.
(As our server is set up curently,
this just involves creating a directory called "Discussion" at any point in
The area heading indicates what dicsussion is an is not appropriate in that
area. You can of course make cross-references between areas.
Within each area, topics can (currently) be craeted at will.
A topic describes an issue, which is not resolved.
Examples of topics might be
"What shall we do about the food situation?"
Topics are just more specific than areas.
- "Tables in HTML"
problems with foo/bar"
A proposal is a statement up for discussion.
It is NOT just a smaller area for discussion.
It must be something with which people can agree or disagree.
Examples might be:
"We should phone out for eggs benedict, bran muffins and coffee"Don't use a proposal to bring up another topic:
if you do, people won't see it in the list of topics, to they may miss is;
they won't be able to make proposals about it.
- "The LaTeX
tables do weverything we need"
- "foo/bar is insecure against trojan horse
Ari Luotonen, Tim Berners-Lee