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An invitation to the free-software community for real dialog

This is an open invitation to all people in the free-software community for genuine person-to-person dialog with people in the W3C staff about DRM on the Web (and any other topics of importance to the Web we all have an interest in discussing). We have a People of the W3C page that lists the names […]
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Getting agreements is hard (some thoughts on Matthew Butterick’s “The Bomb in the Garden” talk at TYPO San Francisco)

Getting agreements among implementors about browser-technologies is hard. There’s no magic to make the process of reaching agreements quick, easy, and painless. People disagree. Organizations disagree. The task of us all getting together to work on overcoming our disagreements about details of new browser technologies is time-consuming, often very frustrating, and almost never easy.
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Progress on HTML5

When the HTML5 specifications advanced to Last Call, we wrote in this forum HTML5: Are We There Yet?. We're posting here today to give an update on progress made with the HTML5 specifications, and where we're heading next. The HTML...
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For Erik Naggum, in appreciation

Reading Michael Sperberg-McQueen's blog over the weekend, I came across news that Erik Naggum, an active member of the SGML community, going back many years, has died. Michael writes: Erik Naggum, dead? Is it possible? One person fewer who remembers...
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Shipbuilding (or, cruel to be kind)

When groups of implementors and others (working groups in standards bodies and what have you, or groups of implementors and others with shared interest in a certain set of technologies) gather together publicly for focused technical discussion on a particular...
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Documenting the Web vs. reinventing it

Ian Hickson, the editor of the current HTML5 draft, posted an Error handling in URIs message to the uri@w3.org mailing list outlining some issues related to browser error handling behaviour for URIs, and to IRIs and character encodings other than...
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www.w3.org/TR/html5

It's been a long time coming. Either 10 months (if you count back to when the current W3C HTML Working Group was chartered) or 10 years (if you consider when the HTML 4.0 Recommendation was published. Or maybe just 4...
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