This document, for W3C groups, reflects some discussion within the Team about how groups can avoid confusion between their internal publications and formal W3C Technical Reports.
Many Working Groups publish drafts for internal group review between publications on the TR page. In the interest of clarity of the W3C process, we request that Working Groups take care that documents are labeled with their true status. Sometimes labels like "W3C Working Draft" are copied from documents that are truly a product of the W3C Working Draft process to documents that are not, or at least not yet.
The guidelines below are intended to reduce confusion between group-internal drafts (some of which are Member-only, while others are public) and published documents that have been through additional W3C processes. Documents that follow these guidelines have no formal standing within W3C.
<h1>Architecture of the World Wide Web, Volume One</h1> <h2>Editor's Draft 15 December 2004</h2>
We welcome feedback on this informal collection of resources, which is subject to change without notice.
In general, no (but see Issue #110). Please avoid giving the impression that these drafts have formal status within W3C or another body. Please do not label them "W3C Working Draft" in these documents.
If you are just attaching a copy of an in-progress draft in email in preparation for a group teleconference, keep in mind that the attachment is archived and may be found by readers who don't have that context. Please erase any indication that this is a W3C Working Draft.
Feedback is to @w3c/tilt and is welcome on GitHub