Before taking a short vacation starting last week I announced a public survey: Making W3C the place for new Web standards. The survey is part of the work of the task force I’m chairing that has a number of goals:
- Make W3C an attractive venue for developing Web technology.
- Make it extremely easy for individuals (not just organizations) to participate actively in the W3C community.
- Create a smooth path from “new idea” to “standard”, while not expecting or requiring all products to use all mechanisms.
- Promote outreach to communities not yet connected to W3C to learn from them and encourage them to bring new ideas to W3C.
The survey is part of our initial data-gathering effort. In this first phase of our work, we want to identify perceived and real barriers to participation, the W3C value proposition to audiences interested in bringing new work to W3C, and some use cases we should be sure to address (or, if we don’t, at least document while prioritizing).
We are doing this work in public (see the wiki and mailing list). We are having a lot of conversations with people to flesh out the use cases, list of barriers, etc. so that in the next phase, we draft proposals that have a chance of meeting real needs. We are starting to write down ideas and proposals but they are very drafty at this point, as well as incomplete. Our aim is to come up with proposals that address use cases, lower barriers to participation, and enhance the W3C value proposition. I expect to provide periodic updates via this W3C blog between now and November, when we present our proposals to the W3C Membership.
In the meantime, there are already 67 responses to the survey, lots more than I expected to find right after vacation. If you have stories to share with W3C that you think will help us improve the organization, please take a moment to take the survey. Thanks!