W3C Application for renewal of ISO/IEC JTC1 PAS Submitter Status

Status of this Document

Public copy of email to JTC1 sent on July 16th 2012, with renewall accepted in November 2012, valid through November 2017.

Nearby: Original 2010 PAS application

Editor: Daniel Dardailler, updated Sept 2014 with link to public renewall.

Subject: W3C Application for renewal of ISO/IEC JTC1 PAS Submitter Status
From: Daniel Dardailler <danield@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2012
o: "Rajchel Lisa Mrs." <lrajchel@ansi.org>, karen.higginbottom@hp.com
CC: "Auber, Josee" <josee.auber@hp.com>, "Liaisons, " <team-liaisons@w3.org>, AB <AB@w3.org>

Dear Lisa and Karen, all

Having soon completed its initial two-year period, the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) respectfully requests the reaffirmation of its status as a Publicly Available Specification submitter to ISO/IEC JTC1, under the procedures defined in the JTC 1 Supplement to the ISO/IEC Directives.

W3C is an international consortium designed to "lead the Web to its full potential". In order to fulfill its mission, W3C has focused on developing interoperable technologies (standards, guidelines, software, and tools) for the World Wide Web, with participation from its Members, staff, and the public at large. The technologies produced by W3C are used by all, positioning the Consortium as a major player in the standardization field.

W3C applied for and was granted PAS submitter status <http://www.w3.org/2010/03/w3c-pas-submission.html> through November 2012 by ballot in late 2010 and requests that JTC 1 re-affirm its PAS submitter status with the same scope and terms as originally approved in 2010 : Any stable core Web technologies produced by W3C that are also in scope of JTC 1.

The list includes globally accepted standards such as HTML, CSS, XML, Web Services, Web Accessibility, Semantic Web, Mobile Web, Graphics, etc.

During its initial term, W3C submitted 9 specifications to JTC 1:

which were all accepted for PAS transposition and approved by JTC 1 without dissent as ISO/IEC IS 40210-40280 for Web Services and IS 40500 for WCAG2.

During that first term, W3C has also prepared additional documents (conceptual framework, criteria, selection process for future PAS, internal submission template form, FAQ <http://www.w3.org/2010/04/pasfaq.html>, etc.) to facilitate the initiation of transposition procedures at our end. This internal PAS process has an input (original request from our community) and an output (the PAS being sent to JTC 1) but it doesn't tell us in advance which of our Recommendations are going to be selected for PAS. We've been recently approached by some of our members and Working Group participants for potential submissions in the areas of XML-Schema, Vector Graphics (SVG), and more Web Services (Resource Access stack).

As of this writing, though, we're only at the beginning stage of our internal selection process, and there is no guarantee that we will send them all, in that order, or at all, or we may send others, we just want to give you the information we have today (July 2012) about candidate PAS on our end. We will send you more details about submission for each of these in the coming months, as we move along our internal process, apply our selection criteria, etc.

W3C has continued to liaise with several JTC 1 groups, as described in our public Liaisons page <http://www.w3.org/2001/11/StdLiaison#ISO>, and this activity has increased during our first period as PAS submitter. We are now in liaison with SC 2, 24, 32, 34, 35, 29, and the SWG on Accessibility.

There is one point addressed in our original PAS application that we would like to detail a bit: the management of translations of W3C PAS.

We would like to offer access to our Authorized Translations system for the benefit of the ISO or IEC members, in order to avoid waste of efforts and potentially divergent translated versions of one of our REC/PAS: one by the ISO or IEC member, and one by us/our translators volunteer community.

Whenever an ISO or IEC member wants to translate a W3C PAS (once transposed) in given language, we suggest the member consider the following cases:

  1. W3C already has an existing AT (Authorized Translation <http://www.w3.org/2005/02/TranslationPolicy.html>, hosted on w3.org) for that specification.

    - in this case we suggest the ISO or IEC member to use it *as is* in their process/publication. if they want to improve it, see point 3

  2. we have an existing volunteer translation (not authorized, not hosted at w3.org, we maintain a link to it)

    - in this case, we point the ISO or IEC member at it, as a potential starting point, then see 3

  3. we have no translation for that W3C REC/PAS, or what we have is not good enough for the ISO or IEC member

    - we offer the ISO or IEC member to become the LTO (Lead Translator Organization, a role in our AT process; note that this is already a potential case mentioned in our AT process and our original PAS application) and suggest that they produce a new AT using our process, which we'll be hosted on w3.org as well.

It's important for W3C that the translations of W3C PAS also be freely available (like the English version for all PAS) - in our original PAS application <http://www.w3.org/2010/03/w3c-pas-submission.html> we only talk about free copy of the English version.

Finally, our recent experience with Web Services and WCAG have led us to the note the *following practice* that we would like to follow consistently for all our future PAS:

W3C appreciates its successful working relationship with the ISO/IEC JTC 1 community, and the quality of communication and support provided by our PAS Mentor Ms. Josée Auber from HP, and we look forward to continued collaborative productivity under a renewed PAS Submitter Status.

Dr Daniel Dardailler
Director of International Relations
W3C - World Wide Web Consortium

DD, danield@w3.org
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