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<!DOCTYPE html>
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<html lang="en">
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  <head>
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    <meta content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv="content-type">
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    <meta name="keywords" content="W3C, World Wide Web, WWW, Consortium, process, Team, Recommendation, Advisory Committee,
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Advisory Board, Working Group, Coordination Group, Interest Group, W3C Activity, Workshop, Symposium, charter, Activity Proposal,Working Draft, Process Document, Candidate Recommendation, Director, Proposed Recommendation, Last Call, Submission request">
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    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="https://www.w3.org/StyleSheets/TR/base.css">
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    <title>World Wide Web Consortium Process Document</title>
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    <style type="text/css">
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     .about { margin-left: 3em; margin-right: 3em; font-size: .83em}
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     table { margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto }
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     .diagram { text-align: center; margin: 2.5em 0 }
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      .issue:before {content: "Issue: "}
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      .issue {border: 2px dashed red; background-color: #ffa;}
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      .issue .issue {background-color: #fcc;}
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      .rfc2119 {font-variant:small-caps}
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</style> <!--[if lt IE 9]><script src='undefined://www.w3.org/2008/site/js/html5shiv.js'></script><![endif]-->
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  </head>
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  <body>
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    <div class="head"><a href="http://www.w3.org/"><img alt="W3C" src="https://www.w3.org/Icons/w3c_home" height="48" width="72"></a>
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      <h1>World Wide Web Consortium Process Document Editor's Draft</h1>
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      <h2 class="notoc">1 September 2015</h2>
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      <dl>
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        <dt>This version - permanent URI:</dt>
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        <dd><a href="http://www.w3.org/2015/Process-20150901/">http://www.w3.org/2015/Process-20150901/</a></dd>
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        <dt>Latest Editor's version:</dt>
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        <dd><a href="https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/AB/raw-file/default/cover.html">https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/AB/raw-file/default/cover.html</a></dd>
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        <dt>Latest operative version:</dt>
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        <dd><a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Process/">http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Process/</a></dd>
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        <dt>Previous operative version:</dt>
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	<dd><a href="http://www.w3.org/2014/Process-20140801/"
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	       >1 August 2014 Process</a></dd>
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        <dt>Editor:</dt>
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        <dd>Charles McCathie Nevile, <a style="color:black" href="http://yandex.com"><span style="color: red;">Y</span>andex</a>—<a style="color:black"
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            href="http://yandex.ru"><span style="color: red;">Я</span>ндекс</a></dd>
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        <dt>Previous editor:</dt>
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        <dd>Ian Jacobs, <a href="http://www.w3.org/">W3C</a></dd>
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      </dl>
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      <p class="copyright"><a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/ipr-notice#Copyright">Copyright</a> © 1996-2015 <a href="/"><abbr title="World Wide Web Consortium">W3C</abbr></a><sup>®</sup>
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        (<a href="http://www.csail.mit.edu/"><abbr title="Massachusetts Institute of Technology">MIT</abbr></a>, <a href="http://www.ercim.eu/"><abbr
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            title="European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics">ERCIM</abbr></a>, <a href="http://www.keio.ac.jp/">Keio</a>,
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        <a href="http://ev.buaa.edu.cn/">Beihang</a>), All Rights Reserved. W3C <a href="/Consortium/Legal/ipr-notice#Legal_Disclaimer">liability</a>,
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        <a href="/Consortium/Legal/ipr-notice#W3C_Trademarks">trademark</a>, <a rel="Copyright" href="/Consortium/Legal/copyright-documents">document
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          use</a> and <a rel="Copyright" href="/Consortium/Legal/copyright-software">software licensing</a> rules apply. Your interactions
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        with this site are in accordance with our <a href="/Consortium/Legal/privacy-statement">W3C privacy statements</a>.</p>
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      <hr></div>
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    <h2 class="notoc"><a id="abstract">Abstract</a></h2>
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    <p>The mission of the World Wide Web Consortium (<abbr>W3C</abbr>) is to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing
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      common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. The W3C Process Document describes the organizational
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      structure of the W3C and the processes related to the responsibilities and functions they exercise to enable W3C to accomplish its
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      mission. This document does not describe the internal workings of the Team or W3C's public communication mechanisms.</p>
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    <p>For more information about the W3C mission and the history of W3C, please refer to <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/">About W3C</a>
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      [<a href="#ref-mission">PUB15</a>].</p>
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    <h2 class="notoc" id="status">Status of this Document</h2>
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    <p>This is the 1 September 2015 W3C Process Document. This
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    document was developed between the <a href="/2002/ab/">W3C
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    Advisory Board</a> and
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    the <a href="http://www.w3.org/community/w3process/">Revising W3C
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    Process Community Group</a> and reviewed by the W3C
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    Membership.</p>
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    <p>W3C, including all existing chartered groups, follows
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    the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Process/">most recent
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    operative Process Document</a> announced to the Membership.</p>
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    <p>Please send comments about this document to the
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    <a href="http://www.w3.org/community/w3process/">Revising W3C
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    Process Community Group</a>
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    (<a href="http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-w3process">mailing
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    list archive</a>, publicly available) or to process-issues@w3.org
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    (<a href="http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/process-issues">Member-only
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    list archive</a>.</p>
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    <p>The terms <em class="rfc2119">must</em>, <em class="rfc2119">must not</em>,
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      <em class="rfc2119">should</em>, <em class="rfc2119">should not</em>, <em
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        class="rfc2119">required</em>, and <em class="rfc2119">may</em> are
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      used in accordance with <a href="http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2119.txt">RFC
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        2119</a> [<a href="#ref-RFC2119">RFC2119</a>]. The term <dfn><em class="rfc2119">not
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          required</em></dfn> is equivalent to the term <em class="rfc2119">may</em>
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      as defined in RFC 2119.</p>
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    <p>Some terms have been capitalized in this document (and in other W3C
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      materials) to indicate that they are entities with special relevance to
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      the W3C Process. These terms are defined herein, and readers should be
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      aware that the ordinary (English) definitions are incomplete for purposes
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      of understanding this document.</p>
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    <h2 class="notoc" id="pp">Relation of Process Document to Patent Policy</h2>
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    <p>W3C Members' attention is called to the fact that provisions of the Process Document are binding on Members per the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Agreement/Member-Agreement">Membership
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        Agreement</a> [<a href="#ref-member-agreement">PUB6</a>]. The Patent Policy <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy">W3C
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        Patent Policy</a> [<a href="#ref-patentpolicy">PUB33</a>] is incorporated by normative reference as a part of the Process Document,
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      and is thus equally binding.</p>
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    <p>The Patent Policy places additional obligations on Members, Team, and other participants in W3C. The Process Document does not
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      restate those requirements but includes references to them. The Process Document and Patent Policy have been designed so that they may
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      evolve independently.</p>
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    <p>In the Process Document, the term "participant" refers to an individual, not an organization.</p>
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    <div class="toc" role="navigation">
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      <h2 class="notoc" id="toc">Table of Contents</h2>
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      <div class="noprint">
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        <ul class="toc">
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          <li class="tocline2"><a href="#Intro" class="tocxref">1 Introduction</a></li>
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          <li class="tocline2"><a href="#Organization" class="tocxref">2 Members, Advisory Committee, Team, Advisory Board, Technical
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              Architecture Group</a></li>
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          <li class="tocline2"><a href="#Policies" class="tocxref">3 General Policies for W3C Groups</a></li>
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          <li class="tocline2"><a href="#dissemination" class="tocxref">4 Dissemination Policies</a></li>
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          <li class="tocline2"><a href="#GAGeneral" class="tocxref">5 Working Groups and Interest Groups</a></li>
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          <li class="tocline2"><a href="#Reports" class="tocxref">6 W3C Technical Report Development Process</a></li>
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        <li class="tocline2"><a href="#Intro">1 Introduction</a></li>
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        <li class="tocline2"><a href="#Organization">2 Members, Advisory Committee, Team, Advisory Board, Technical Architecture Group</a>
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            <li> <a href="#rec-pr" id="cfr">6.5 Proposed Recommendation</a></li>
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            <li> <a href="#rec-publication">6.6 W3C Recommendation</a></li>
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            <li><a href="#rec-modify">6.7 Modifying a W3C Recommendation</a>
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                <li><a href="#errata">6.7.1 Errata Management</a></li>
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                <li><a href="#revised-rec" id="cfr-edited">6.7.2 Revising a Recommendation</a></li>
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            <li><a href="#Note">6.8 Publishing a Working Group or Interest Group Note</a></li>
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            <li><a href="#rec-rescind">6.9 Rescinding a W3C Recommendation</a></li>
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            <li><a href="#further-reading">Further reading</a></li>
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        <li class="tocline2"><a href="#ReviewAppeal">7 Advisory Committee Reviews, Appeals, and Votes</a>
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            <li class="tocline3"><a href="#ACReview">7.1 Advisory Committee Reviews</a>
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                <li class="tocline4"><a href="#ACReviewStart">7.1.1 Start of a Review Period</a></li>
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                <li class="tocline4"><a href="#ACReviewAfter">7.1.2 After the Review Period</a></li>
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            <li class="tocline3"><a href="#ACAppeal">7.2 Appeal by Advisory Committee Representatives</a></li>
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            <li class="tocline3"><a href="#ACVotes">7.3 Advisory Committee Votes</a></li>
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        <li class="tocline2"><a href="#GAEvents">8 Workshops and Symposia</a></li>
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        <li class="tocline2"><a href="#Liaisons">9 Liaisons</a></li>
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        <li class="tocline2"><a href="#Submission">10 Member Submission Process</a>
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            <li class="tocline3"><a href="#SubmissionRights">10.1 Submitter Rights and Obligations</a>
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                <li class="tocline4"><a href="#SubmissionScope">10.1.1 Scope of Member Submissions</a></li>
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                <li class="tocline4"><a href="#SubmissionReqs">10.1.2 Information Required in a Submission Request</a></li>
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            <li class="tocline3"><a href="#TeamSubmissionRights">10.2 Team Rights and Obligations</a></li>
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            <li class="tocline3"><a href="#SubmissionYes">10.3 Acknowledgment of a Submission Request</a></li>
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            <li class="tocline3"><a href="#SubmissionNo">10.4 Rejection of a Submission Request</a></li>
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        <li class="tocline2"><a href="#GAProcess">11 Process Evolution</a></li>
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        <li class="tocline2"><a href="#references">12 References</a>
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            <li class="tocline3"><a href="#public-refs">12.1 Public Resources</a></li>
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            <li class="tocline3"><a href="#member-refs">12.2 Member-only Resources</a></li>
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            <li class="tocline3"><a href="#other-refs">12.3 Other References</a></li>
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        <li class="tocline2"><a href="#acks">13 Acknowledgments</a></li>
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        <li class="tocline2"><a href="#changes">14 Changes</a></li>
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      <h2 id="Intro">1 Introduction</h2>
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      <p>Most W3C work revolves around the standardization of Web technologies. To accomplish this work, W3C follows processes that promote
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        the development of high-quality standards based on the <a href="#Consensus">consensus</a> of the Membership, Team, and public. W3C
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        processes promote fairness, responsiveness, and progress: all facets of the W3C mission. This document describes the processes W3C
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        follows in pursuit of its mission.</p>
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      <p>Here is a general overview of how W3C standardizes a Web technology. In many cases, the goal of this work is a <a href="#RecsW3C">W3C
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          Recommendation</a>, the W3C equivalent of a Web standard.</p>
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        <li>People generate interest in a particular topic (e.g., Web services). For instance, Members express interest in the form of <a href="#Submission">Member
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            Submissions</a>, and the <a href="#Team">Team</a> monitors work inside and outside of W3C for signs of interest. Also, W3C is
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          likely to organize a <a href="#GAEvents">Workshop</a> to bring people together to discuss topics that interest the W3C community.</li>
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        <li>When there is enough interest in a topic (e.g., after a successful Workshop and/or discussion on an <a href="#ACCommunication">Advisory
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            Committee mailing list</a>), the Director announces the development of a proposal for one or more new <a href="#WGCharterDevelopment">Interest
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            Group or Working Group charters</a>, depending on the breadth of the topic of interest. W3C Members <a href="#CharterReview">review</a>
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          the proposed charters. When there is support within W3C for investing resources in the topic of interest, the Director approves
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          the group(s) and they begin their work.</li>
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        <li>There are three types of Working Group participants: <a href="#member-rep">Member representatives</a>, <a href="#invited-expert-wg">Invited
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            Experts</a>, and <a href="#Team">Team representatives</a>. Team representatives both contribute to the technical work and help
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          ensure the group's proper integration with the rest of W3C. The <a href="#WGCharter">Working Group charter</a> sets expectations
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          about each group's deliverables (e.g., <a href="#Reports">technical reports</a>, test suites, and tutorials).</li>
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        <li>Working Groups generally create specifications and guidelines that undergo cycles of revision and review as they <a href="#rec-advance">advance
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            to W3C Recommendation</a> status. The W3C process for producing these technical reports includes significant review by the
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          Members and public, and requirements that the Working Group be able to show implementation and interoperability experience. At the
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          end of the process, the Advisory Committee reviews the mature technical report, and if there is support, W3C publishes it as a <a
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            href="#RecsW3C">Recommendation</a>.</li>
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      <p>The Process Document promotes the goals of quality and fairness in technical decisions by encouraging <a href="#Consensus">consensus</a>,
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        requiring reviews (by both Members and public) as part of the <a href="#Reports">technical report development process</a>, and
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        through an <a href="#ACAppeal">appeal process</a> for the Advisory Committee.</p>
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      <p>The other sections of the Process Document:</p>
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        <li>set forth <a href="#Policies">policies</a> for participation in W3C groups,</li>
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        <li>establish two permanent groups within W3C: the <a href="#TAG">Technical Architecture Group (TAG)</a>, to help resolve
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          Consortium-wide technical issues; and the <a href="#AB">Advisory Board (AB)</a>, to help resolve Consortium-wide non-technical
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          issues, and to manage the <a href="#GAProcess">evolution of the W3C process</a>, and</li>
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        <li>describe other interactions between the <a href="#Members">Members</a> (as represented by the <a href="#AC">W3C Advisory
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            Committee</a>), the Team, and the general public.</li>
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      <h2 id="Organization">2 Members, Advisory Committee, Team, Advisory Board, Technical Architecture Group</h2>
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      <p>W3C's mission is to lead the Web to its full potential. W3C <a href="#Members">Member</a> organizations provide resources to this
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        end, and the W3C <a href="#Team">Team</a> provides the technical leadership and organization to coordinate the effort.</p>
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      <h3 id="Members">2.1 Members</h3>
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      <p>W3C Members are primarily represented in W3C processes as follows:</p>
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      <ol>
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        <li>The <a href="#AC">Advisory Committee</a> is composed of one representative from each Member organization (refer to the <a href="#Member-only">Member-only</a>
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          list of <a href="http://www.w3.org/Member/ACList">current Advisory Committee representatives</a> [<a href="#ref-current-ac">MEM1</a>]).
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          The Advisory Committee:
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          <ul>
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            <li>reviews plans for W3C at each <a href="#ACMeetings">Advisory Committee meeting</a>;</li>
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            <li>reviews formal proposals from the W3C Director: <a href="#CharterReview">Charter Proposals</a>, <a href="#RecsPR">Proposed
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                Recommendations</a>, and <a href="#GAProcess">Proposed Process Documents</a>.</li>
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            <li>elects the <a href="#AB">Advisory Board</a> participants other than the Advisory Board Chair.</li>
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            <li>elects 5 of the 9 participants on the <a href="#TAG">Technical Architecture Group</a>.</li>
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          Advisory Committee representatives have <a href="#ACAppeal">appeal</a> powers for some processes described in this document.</li>
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        <li>Representatives of Member organizations participate in <a href="#GAGeneral">Working Groups and Interest Groups</a> and author
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          and review <a href="#Reports">technical reports</a>.</li>
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      <p id="MemberSubscription">W3C membership is open to all entities, as described in "<a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/join">How to
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          Join W3C</a>" [<a href="#ref-join-w3c">PUB5</a>]; (refer to the public list of <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Member/List">current
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          W3C Members</a> [<a href="#ref-current-mem">PUB8</a>]). Organizations subscribe according to the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Agreement/Member-Agreement">Membership
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          Agreement</a> [<a href="#ref-member-agreement">PUB6</a>]. The <a href="#Team">Team</a> <em class="rfc2119">must</em> ensure that
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        Member participation agreements remain <a href="#Team-only">Team-only</a> and that no Member receives preferential treatment within
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        W3C.</p>
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      <p id="IndividualParticipation">W3C does not have a class of membership tailored to, or priced for individuals. However, an individual
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        <em class="rfc2119">may</em> join W3C as an Affiliate Member. In this case the same restrictions pertaining to <a href="#MemberRelated">related
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          Members</a> apply when the individual also <a href="#member-rep">represents</a> another W3C Member.</p>
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      <h4 id="MemberBenefits">2.1.1 Rights of Members</h4>
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      <p>Each Member organization enjoys the following rights and benefits:</p>
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      <ul>
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        <li>A seat on the <a href="#AC">Advisory Committee</a>;</li>
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        <li>Access to <a href="#Member-only">Member-only</a> information;</li>
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        <li>The <a href="#Submission">Member Submission</a> process;</li>
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        <li>Use of the W3C Member logo on promotional material and to publicize the Member's participation in W3C. For more information,
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          please refer to the Member logo usage policy described in the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Member/Intro">New Member Orientation</a>
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          [<a href="#ref-new-member">MEM4</a>].</li>
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      </ul>
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      <p>Furthermore, representatives of Member organizations participate in W3C as follows:</p>
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      <ul>
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        <li>In <a href="#GAGeneral">Working Groups and Interest Groups</a>.</li>
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        <li>In <a href="#GAEvents">Workshops and Symposia</a>;</li>
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        <li>On the Team, as <a href="#fellows">W3C Fellows</a>.</li>
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      </ul>
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      <p>In the case (described in paragraph 5g of the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Agreement/Member-Agreement">Membership
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          Agreement</a>), where a Member organization is itself a consortium, user society, or otherwise has members or sponsors, the
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        organization's paid staff and Advisory Committee representative exercise all the rights and privileges of W3C membership. In
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        addition, the Advisory Committee representative <em class="rfc2119">may</em> designate up to four (or more at the Team's
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        discretion) individuals who, though not employed by the organization, <em class="rfc2119">may</em> exercise the rights of <a href="#member-rep">Member
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          representatives</a>. These individuals <em class="rfc2119">must</em> disclose their employment affiliation when participating in
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        W3C work. Provisions for <a href="#MemberRelated">related Members</a> apply. Furthermore, these individuals are expected to
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        represent the broad interests of the W3C Member organization and not the parochial interests of their employers.</p>
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      <p>The rights and benefits of W3C membership are contingent upon conformance to the processes described in this document. The vast
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        majority of W3C Members faithfully follow the spirit as well as the letter of these processes. When serious and/or repeated
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        violations do occur, and repeated attempts to address these violations have not resolved the situation, the Director <em class="rfc2119">may</em>
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        take disciplinary action. Arbitration in the case of further disagreement is governed by paragraph 19 of the Membership Agreement.
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        Refer to the <a href="http://www.w3.org/2002/09/discipline">Guidelines for Disciplinary Action</a> [<a href="#ref-discipline-gl">MEM14</a>].</p>
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      <h4 id="MemberRelated">2.1.2 Related Members</h4>
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      <p>In the interest of ensuring the integrity of the consensus process, Member involvement in some of the processes in this document is
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        affected by related Member status. As used herein, two Members are related if:</p>
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      <ol>
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        <li>Either Member is a subsidiary of the other, or</li>
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        <li>Both Members are subsidiaries of a common entity, or</li>
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        <li>The Members have an employment contract or consulting contract that affects W3C participation.</li>
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      </ol>
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      <p>A <em>subsidiary</em> is an organization of which effective control and/or majority ownership rests with another, single
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        organization.</p>
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      <p>Related Members <em class="rfc2119">must</em> disclose these relationships according to the mechanisms described in the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Member/Intro">New
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          Member Orientation</a> [<a href="#ref-new-member">MEM4</a>].</p>
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      <h4 id="AC">2.1.3 Advisory Committee (AC)</h4>
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      <p>When an organization joins W3C (see "<a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/join">How to Join W3C</a>" [<a href="#ref-join-w3c">PUB5</a>]),
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        it <em class="rfc2119">must</em> name its Advisory Committee representative as part of the Membership Agreement. The <a href="http://www.w3.org/Member/Intro">New
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          Member Orientation</a> explains how to subscribe or unsubscribe to Advisory Committee mailing lists, provides information about
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        Advisory Committee meetings, explains how to name a new Advisory Committee representative, and more. Advisory Committee
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        representatives <em class="rfc2119">must</em> follow the <a href="#coi">conflict of interest policy</a> by disclosing information
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        according to the mechanisms described in the New Member Orientation. See also the additional roles of Advisory Committee
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        representatives described in the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy">W3C Patent Policy</a> [<a href="#ref-patentpolicy">PUB33</a>].</p>
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      <p>Additional information for Members is available at the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Member/">Member Web site</a> [<a href="#ref-member-web">MEM6</a>].</p>
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      <h5 id="ACCommunication">2.1.3.1 Advisory Committee Mailing Lists</h5>
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      <p>The Team <em class="rfc2119">must</em> provide two mailing lists for use by the Advisory Committee:</p>
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      <ol>
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        <li>One for official announcements (e.g., those required by this document) from the Team to the Advisory Committee. This list is
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          read-only for Advisory Committee representatives.</li>
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        <li>One for discussion among Advisory Committee representatives. Though this list is primarily for Advisory Committee
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          representatives, the Team <em class="rfc2119">must</em> monitor discussion and <em class="rfc2119">should</em> participate in
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          discussion when appropriate. Ongoing detailed discussions <em class="rfc2119">should</em> be moved to other appropriate lists
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          (new or existing, such as a mailing list created for a <a href="#GAEvents">Workshop</a>).</li>
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      </ol>
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      <p>An Advisory Committee representative <em class="rfc2119">may</em> request that additional individuals from their organization be
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        subscribed to these lists. Failure to contain distribution internally <em class="rfc2119">may</em> result in suspension of
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        additional email addresses, at the discretion of the Team.</p>
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      <h5 id="ACMeetings">2.1.3.2 Advisory Committee Meetings</h5>
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      <p>The Team organizes a <a href="#ftf-meeting">face-to-face meeting</a> for the Advisory Committee <span class="time-interval">twice
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          a year</span>. The Team appoints the Chair of these meetings (generally the CEO). At each Advisory
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        Committee meeting, the Team <em class="rfc2119">should</em> provide an update to the Advisory Committee about:</p>
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        <dt><em>Resources</em></dt>
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            <li>The number of Full and Affiliate W3C Members.</li>
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            <li>An overview of the financial status of W3C.</li>
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          </ul>
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        </dd>
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        <dt><em>Allocations</em></dt>
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            <li>The allocation of the annual budget, including size of the Team and their approximate deployment.</li>
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            <li>A list of all activities (including but not limited to Working and Interest Groups) and brief status statement about each,
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              in particular those started or terminated since the previous Advisory Committee meeting.</li>
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            <li>The allocation of resources to pursuing <a href="#Liaisons">liaisons</a> with other organizations.</li>
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          </ul>
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        </dd>
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      </dl>
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      <p>Each Member organization <em class="rfc2119">should</em> send one <a href="#member-rep">representative</a> to each Advisory
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        Committee meeting. In exceptional circumstances (e.g., during a period of transition between representatives from an organization),
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        the meeting Chair <em class="rfc2119">may</em> allow a Member organization to send two representatives to a meeting.</p>
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      <p>The Team <em class="rfc2119">must</em> announce the date and location of each Advisory Committee meeting no later than at the end
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        of the previous meeting; <span class="time-interval">one year's</span> notice is preferred. The Team <em class="rfc2119">must</em>
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        announce the region of each Advisory Committee meeting at least <span class="time-interval">one year</span> in advance.</p>
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      <p>More information about <a href="http://www.w3.org/Member/Meeting/">Advisory Committee meetings</a> [<a href="#ref-ac-meetings">MEM5</a>]
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        is available at the Member Web site.</p>
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      <h3 id="Team">2.2 The W3C Team</h3>
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      <p>The Team consists of the Director, CEO, W3C paid staff, unpaid interns, and W3C Fellows. <dfn id="fellows">W3C Fellows</dfn> are
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        Member employees working as part of the Team; see the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Recruitment/Fellows">W3C Fellows
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          Program</a> [<a href="#ref-fellows">PUB32</a>]. The Team provides technical leadership about Web technologies, organizes and
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        manages W3C activities to reach goals within practical constraints (such as resources available), and communicates with the Members
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        and the public about the Web and W3C technologies.</p>
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      <p>The Director and CEO <em class="rfc2119">may</em> delegate responsibility (generally to other individuals in the Team) for any of
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        their roles described in this document.</p>
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      <p>The <dfn id="def-Director">Director</dfn> is the lead technical architect at W3C. His responsibilities are identified throughout
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        this document in relevant places. Some key ones include: assessing <a href="#def-Consensus" id="DirectorDecision">consensus</a>
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        within W3C for architectural choices, publication of <a href="#Reports">technical reports</a>, and chartering new Groups;
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        appointing group <a href="#GeneralChairs">Chairs</a>; "tie-breaker" for <a href="#WGAppeals">appeal of a Working Group decision</a>
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        and deciding on the outcome of formal objections; the Director is generally Chair of the <a href="#TAG">TAG</a>.</p>
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      <p>Team administrative information such as Team salaries, detailed budgeting, and other business decisions are <a href="#Team-only">Team-only</a>,
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        subject to oversight by the Host institutions.</p>
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      <p><strong>Note:</strong> W3C is not currently incorporated. For legal contracts, W3C is represented by four <dfn id="hosts">"Host"
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          institutions</dfn>: Beihang University, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (<abbr>ERCIM</abbr>),
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        Keio University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (<abbr>MIT</abbr>). Within W3C, the Host institutions are governed by
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        hosting agreements; the Hosts themselves are not W3C Members.</p>
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      <h4 id="TeamSubmission">2.2.1 Team Submissions</h4>
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      <p>Team members <em class="rfc2119">may</em> request that the Director publish information at the W3C Web site. At the Director's
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        discretion, these documents are published as "Team Submissions". These documents are analogous to <a href="#Submission">Member
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          Submissions</a> (e.g., in <a href="#SubmissionScope">expected scope</a>). However, there is no additional Team comment. The <a href="#DocumentStatus">document
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          status section</a> of a Team Submission indicates the level of Team consensus about the published material.</p>
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      <p>Team Submissions are <strong>not</strong> part of the <a href="#Reports">technical report development process</a>.</p>
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      <p>The list of <a href="http://www.w3.org/TeamSubmission/">published Team Submissions</a> [<a href="#ref-team-submission-list">PUB16</a>]
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        is available at the W3C Web site.</p>
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      <h3 id="AB">2.3 Advisory Board (AB)</h3>
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      <p>Created in March 1998, the Advisory Board provides ongoing guidance to the Team on issues of strategy, management, legal matters,
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        process, and conflict resolution. The Advisory Board also serves the Members by tracking issues raised between Advisory Committee
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        meetings, soliciting Member comments on such issues, and proposing actions to resolve these issues. The Advisory Board manages the <a
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          href="#GAProcess">evolution of the Process Document</a>. The Advisory Board hears appeals of <a href="#SubmissionNo">Member
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          Submission requests</a> that are rejected for reasons unrelated to Web architecture; see also the <a href="#TAG">TAG</a>.</p>
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      <p>The Advisory Board is <strong>not</strong> a board of directors and has no decision-making authority within W3C; its role is
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        strictly advisory.</p>
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      <p>The Team <em class="rfc2119">must</em> make available a mailing list for the Advisory Board to use for its communication,
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        confidential to the Advisory Board and Team.</p>
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      <p>The Advisory Board <em class="rfc2119">should</em> send a summary of each of its meetings to the Advisory Committee and other
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        group Chairs. The Advisory Board <em class="rfc2119">should</em> also report on its activities at each <a href="#ACMeetings">Advisory
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          Committee meeting</a>.</p>
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      <p>Details about the Advisory Board (e.g., the list of Advisory Board participants, mailing list information, and summaries of
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        Advisory Board meetings) are available at the <a href="http://www.w3.org/2002/ab/">Advisory Board home page</a> [<a href="#ref-ab-home">PUB30</a>].</p>
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      <h4 id="ABParticipation">2.3.1 Advisory Board Participation</h4>
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      <p>The Advisory Board consists of nine elected participants and a Chair. The Team appoints the Chair of the <a href="#AB">Advisory
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          Board</a>, who is generally the CEO.</p>
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      <p>The remaining nine Advisory Board participants are elected by the W3C Advisory Committee following the <a href="#AB-TAG-elections">AB/TAG
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          nomination and election process</a>.</p>
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      <p>With the exception of the Chair, the terms of all Advisory Board participants are for <span class="time-interval">two years</span>.
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        Terms are staggered so that each year, either four or five terms expire. If an individual is elected to fill an incomplete term,
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        that individual's term ends at the normal expiration date of that term. Regular Advisory Board terms begin on 1 July and end on 30
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        June.</p>
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      <h3 id="TAG">2.4 Technical Architecture Group (TAG)</h3>
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      <p>Created in February 2001, the mission of the TAG is stewardship of the Web architecture. There are three aspects to this mission:</p>
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      <ol>
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        <li>to document and build consensus around principles of Web architecture and to interpret and clarify these principles when
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          necessary;</li>
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        <li>to resolve issues involving general Web architecture brought to the TAG;</li>
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        <li>to help coordinate cross-technology architecture developments inside and outside W3C.</li>
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      </ol>
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      <p>The TAG hears appeals of <a href="#SubmissionNo">Member Submission requests</a> that are rejected for reasons related to Web
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        architecture; see also the <a href="#AB">Advisory Board</a>.</p>
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      <p>The TAG's scope is limited to technical issues about Web architecture. The TAG <em class="rfc2119">should not</em> consider
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        administrative, process, or organizational policy issues of W3C, which are generally addressed by the W3C Advisory Committee,
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        Advisory Board, and Team. Please refer to the <a href="http://www.w3.org/2004/10/27-tag-charter">TAG charter</a> [<a href="#ref-tag-charter">PUB25</a>]
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        for more information about the background and scope of the TAG, and the expected qualifications of TAG participants.</p>
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      <p>The Team <em class="rfc2119">must</em> make available two mailing lists for the TAG:</p>
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      <ul>
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        <li>a public discussion (not just input) list for issues of Web architecture. The TAG will conduct its public business on this list.</li>
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        <li>a <a href="#Member-only">Member-only</a> list for discussions within the TAG and for requests to the TAG that, for whatever
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          reason, cannot be made on the public list.</li>
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      </ul>
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      <p>The TAG <em class="rfc2119">may</em> also request the creation of additional topic-specific, public mailing lists. For some TAG
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        discussions (e.g., an appeal of a <a href="#SubmissionNo">rejected Member Submission request</a>), the TAG <em class="rfc2119">may</em>
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        use a list that will be <a href="#Member-only">Member-only</a>.</p>
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      <p>The TAG <em class="rfc2119">should</em> send a summary of each of its <a href="#GeneralMeetings">meetings</a> to the Advisory
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        Committee and other group Chairs. The TAG <em class="rfc2119">should</em> also report on its activities at each <a href="#ACMeetings">Advisory
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          Committee meeting</a>.</p>
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      <p>When the TAG votes to resolve an issue, each TAG participant (whether appointed, elected, or the Chair) has one vote; see also the
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        section on <a href="http://www.w3.org/2004/10/27-tag-charter#Voting">voting in the TAG charter</a> [<a href="#ref-tag-charter">PUB25</a>]
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        and the general section on <a href="#Votes">votes</a> in this Process Document.</p>
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      <p>Details about the TAG (e.g., the list of TAG participants, mailing list information, and summaries of TAG meetings) are available
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        at the <a href="http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/">TAG home page</a> [<a href="#ref-tag-home">PUB26</a>].</p>
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      <h4 id="tag-participation">2.4.1 Technical Architecture Group Participation</h4>
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      <p>The TAG consists of eight elected or appointed participants and a Chair. The Team appoints the Chair of the TAG, who is generally
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        the <a href="#def-Director">Director</a>.</p>
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      <p>Three TAG participants are appointed by the Director. Appointees are <em class="rfc2119">not required</em> to be on the W3C Team.
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        The Director <em class="rfc2119">may</em> appoint <a href="#fellows">W3C Fellows</a> to the TAG.</p>
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      <p>The remaining five TAG participants are elected by the W3C Advisory Committee following the <a href="#AB-TAG-elections">AB/TAG
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          nomination and election process</a>.</p>
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      <p>With the exception of the Chair, the terms of all TAG participants are for <span class="time-interval">two years</span>. Terms are
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        staggered so that each year, either two or three elected terms, and either one or two appointed terms expire. If an individual is
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        appointed or elected to fill an incomplete term, that individual's term ends at the normal expiration date of that term. Regular TAG
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        terms begin on 1 February and end on 31 January.</p>
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      <h3 id="AB-TAG-participation">2.5 Advisory Board and Technical Architecture Group Participation</h3>
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      <p>Advisory Board and TAG participants have a special role within W3C: they are elected by the Membership and appointed by the
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        Director with the expectation that they will use their best judgment to find the best solutions for the Web, not just for any
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        particular network, technology, vendor, or user. Advisory Board and TAG participants are expected to participate regularly and
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        fully. Advisory Board and TAG participants <em class="rfc2119">should</em> attend <a href="#ACMeetings">Advisory Committee
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          meetings</a>.</p>
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      <p>An individual participates on the Advisory Board or TAG from the moment the individual's term begins until the term ends or the
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        seat is <a href="#AB-TAG-vacated">vacated</a>. Although Advisory Board and TAG participants do not advocate for the commercial
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        interests of their employers, their participation does carry the responsibilities associated with Member representation, Invited
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        Expert status, or Team representation (as described in the section on the <a href="#AB-TAG-elections">AB/TAG nomination and
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          election process</a>). See also the licensing obligations on TAG participants in <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy#sec-Obligations">section
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          3</a> of the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy">W3C Patent Policy</a> [<a href="#ref-patentpolicy">PUB33</a>],
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        and the claim exclusion process of <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy#sec-Exclusion">section 4</a>.</p>
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      <h4 id="AB-TAG-constraints">2.5.1 Advisory Board and Technical Architecture Group Participation Constraints</h4>
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      <p>Given the few seats available on the Advisory Board and the TAG, and in order to ensure that the diversity of W3C Members is
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        represented:</p>
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      <ul>
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        <li>A Member organization is permitted at most one participant on the TAG except when having more than one participant is caused by
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          a change of affiliation of an existing participant. At the completion of the next regularly scheduled election for the TAG, the
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          Member organization <em class="rfc2119">must</em> have returned to having at most one participant.</li>
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        <li>A Member organization is permitted at most one participant on the AB.</li>
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        <li>An individual <em class="rfc2119">must not</em> participate on both the TAG and the AB.</li>
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      </ul>
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      <p>If, for whatever reason, these constraints are not satisfied (e.g., because an AB participant changes jobs), one participant <em class="rfc2119">must</em>
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        cease AB participation until the situation has been resolved. If after <span class="time-interval">30 days</span> the situation has
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        not been resolved, the Chair will declare one participant's seat to be vacant. When more than one individual is involved, the <a href="#random">verifiable
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          random selection procedure</a> described below will be used to choose one person for continued participation.</p>
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      <h4 id="AB-TAG-elections">2.5.2 Advisory Board and Technical Architecture Group Elections</h4>
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      <p>The Advisory Board and a portion of the Technical Architecture Group are elected by the Advisory Committee. An election begins when
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        the Team sends a Call for Nominations to the Advisory Committee. Any Call for Nominations specifies the number of available seats,
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        the deadline for nominations, and the address where nominations are sent. The Director <em class="rfc2119">should</em> announce
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        appointments no later than the start of a nomination period, and generally as part of the Call for Nominations.</p>
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      <p>Each Member (or group of <a href="#MemberRelated">related Members</a>) <em class="rfc2119">may</em> nominate one individual. A
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        nomination <em class="rfc2119">must</em> be made with the consent of the nominee. In order for an individual to be nominated as a
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        Member representative, the individual <em class="rfc2119">must</em> qualify for <a href="#member-rep">Member representation</a>
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        and the Member's Advisory Committee representative <em class="rfc2119">must</em> include in the nomination the (same) <a href="#member-rep-info">information
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          required for a Member representative in a Working Group</a>. In order for an individual to be nominated as an Invited Expert, the
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        individual <em class="rfc2119">must</em> provide the (same) <a href="#inv-expert-info">information required for an Invited Expert
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          in a Working Group</a> and the nominating Advisory Committee representative <em class="rfc2119">must</em> include that
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        information in the nomination. In order for an individual to be nominated as a Team representative, the nominating Advisory
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        Committee representative <em class="rfc2119">must</em> first secure approval from Team management. A nominee is <em class="rfc2119">not
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          required</em> to be an employee of a Member organization, and <em class="rfc2119">may</em> be a <a href="#fellows">W3C Fellow</a>.
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        Each nomination <em class="rfc2119">should</em> include a few informative paragraphs about the nominee.</p>
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      <p>If, after the deadline for nominations, the number of nominees is:</p>
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      <ul>
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        <li>Equal to the number of available seats, those nominees are thereby elected. This situation constitutes a tie for the purposes of
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          assigning <a href="#short-term">short terms</a>.</li>
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        <li>Less than the number of available seats, Calls for Nominations are issued until a sufficient number of people have been
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          nominated. Those already nominated do not need to be renominated after a renewed call.</li>
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        <li>Greater than the number of available seats, the Team issues a Call for Votes that includes the names of all candidates, the
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          number of available seats, the deadline for votes, and the address where votes are sent.</li>
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      </ul>
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      <p>When there is a vote, each Member (or group of <a href="#MemberRelated">related Members</a>) <em class="rfc2119">may</em> vote
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        for as many candidates as there are available seats; see the section on <a href="#ACVotes">Advisory Committee votes</a>. Once the
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        deadline for votes has passed, the Team announces the results to the Advisory Committee. The candidates with the most votes are
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        elected to the available seats. In case of a tie where there are more apparent winners than available seats (e.g., three candidates
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        receive 10 votes each for two seats), the <a href="#random">verifiable random selection procedure</a> described below will be used
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        to fill the available seats.</p>
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      <p id="short-term">The shortest term is assigned to the elected individual who received the fewest votes, the next shortest to the
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        elected individual who received the next fewest, and so on. In the case of a tie among those eligible for a short term, the <a href="#random">verifiable
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          random selection procedure</a> described below will be used to assign the short term.</p>
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      <p>Refer to <a href="http://www.w3.org/2002/10/election-howto">How to Organize an Advisory Board or TAG election</a> [<a href="#ref-election-howto">MEM15</a>]
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        for more details.</p>
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      <h5 id="random">2.5.2.1 Verifiable Random Selection Procedure</h5>
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      <p>When it is necessary to use a verifiable random selection process (e.g., in an AB or TAG election, to "draw straws" in case of a
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        tie or to fill a short term), W3C uses the random and verifiable procedure defined in <a href="http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2777.txt">RFC
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          2777</a> [<a href="#ref-RFC2777">RFC2777</a>]. The procedure orders an input list of names (listed in alphabetical order by family
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        name unless otherwise specified) into a "result order."</p>
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      <p>W3C applies this procedure as follows:</p>
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      <ol>
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        <li>When N people have tied for M (less than N) seats. In this case, only the names of the N individuals who tied are provided as
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          input to the procedure. The M seats are assigned in result order.</li>
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        <li>After all elected individuals have been identified, when N people are eligible for M (less than N) short terms. In this case,
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          only the names of those N individuals are provided as input to the procedure. The short terms are assigned in result order.</li>
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      </ol>
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      <h4 id="AB-TAG-vacated">2.5.3 Advisory Board and Technical Architecture Group Vacated Seats</h4>
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      <p>An Advisory Board or TAG participant's seat is vacated when either of the following occurs:</p>
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      <ul>
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        <li>the participant <a href="#resignation">resigns</a>, or</li>
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        <li>the Chair asks the participant to <a href="#resignation">resign</a>.</li>
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      </ul>
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      <p>When an Advisory Board or TAG participant changes affiliations, as long as <a href="#AB-TAG-constraints">Advisory Board and TAG
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          participation constraints</a> are respected, the individual <em class="rfc2119">may</em> continue to participate until the next
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        regularly scheduled election for that group. Otherwise, the seat is vacated.</p>
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      <p>Vacated seats are filled according to this schedule:</p>
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      <ul>
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        <li>When an appointed TAG seat is vacated, the Director <em class="rfc2119">may</em> re-appoint someone immediately, but no later
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          than the next regularly scheduled election.</li>
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        <li>When an elected seat on either the AB or TAG is vacated, the seat is filled at the next regularly scheduled election for the
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          group unless the group Chair requests that W3C hold an election before then (for instance, due to the group's workload). The group
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          Chair <em class="rfc2119">should not</em> request an exceptional election if the next regularly scheduled election is fewer than
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          three months away.</li>
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      </ul>
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      <h2 id="Policies">3 General Policies for W3C Groups</h2>
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      <p>This section describes general policies for W3C groups regarding participation, meeting requirements, and decision-making. These
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        policies apply to <span id="participant">participants</span> in the following groups: <a href="#AC">Advisory Committee</a>, <a href="#ABParticipation">Advisory
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          Board</a>, <a href="#tag-participation">TAG</a>, <a href="#wgparticipant">Working Groups</a>, and <a href="#igparticipant">Interest
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          Groups</a>.</p>
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      <h3 id="ParticipationCriteria">3.1 Individual Participation Criteria</h3>
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      <p>There are three qualities an individual is expected to demonstrate in order to participate in W3C:</p>
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      <ol>
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        <li>Technical competence in one's role</li>
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        <li>The ability to act fairly</li>
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        <li>Social competence in one's role</li>
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      </ol>
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      <p>Advisory Committee representatives who nominate individuals from their organization for participation in W3C activities are
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        responsible for assessing and attesting to the qualities of those nominees.</p>
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      <p>See also the participation requirements described in <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy#sec-Disclosure">section 6</a>
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        of the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy">W3C Patent Policy</a> [<a href="#ref-patentpolicy">PUB33</a>].</p>
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      <h4 id="coi">3.1.1 Conflict of Interest Policy</h4>
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      <p>Individuals participating materially in W3C work <em class="rfc2119">must</em> disclose significant relationships when those
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        relationships might reasonably be perceived as creating a conflict of interest with the individual's role at W3C. These disclosures
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        <em class="rfc2119">must</em> be kept up-to-date as the individual's affiliations change and W3C membership evolves (since, for
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        example, the individual might have a relationship with an organization that joins or leaves W3C). Each section in this document that
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        describes a W3C group provides more detail about the disclosure mechanisms for that group.</p>
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      <p>The ability of an individual to fulfill a role within a group without risking a conflict of interest is clearly a function of the
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        individual's affiliations. When these affiliations change, the individual's assignment to the role <em class="rfc2119">must</em> be
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        evaluated. The role <em class="rfc2119">may</em> be reassigned according to the appropriate process. For instance, the Director <em
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          class="rfc2119">may</em> appoint a new group Chair when the current Chair changes affiliations (e.g., if there is a risk of
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        conflict of interest, or if there is risk that the Chair's new employer will be over-represented within a W3C activity).</p>
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      <p>The following are some scenarios where disclosure is appropriate:</p>
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      <ul>
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        <li>Paid consulting for an organization whose activity is relevant to W3C, or any consulting compensated with equity (shares of
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          stock, stock options, or other forms of corporate equity).</li>
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        <li>A decision-making role/responsibility (such as participating on the Board) in other organizations relevant to W3C.</li>
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        <li>A position on a publicly visible advisory body, even if no decision making authority is involved.</li>
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      </ul>
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      <p>Individuals seeking assistance on these matters <em class="rfc2119">should</em> contact the Team.</p>
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      <p>Team members are subject to the <a href="http://www.w3.org/2000/09/06-conflictpolicy">W3C Team conflict of interest policy</a> [<a
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          href="#ref-coi">PUB23</a>].</p>
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      <h4 id="member-rep">3.1.2 Individuals Representing a Member Organization</h4>
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      <p>Generally, individuals representing a Member in an official capacity within W3C are employees of the Member organization. However,
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        an Advisory Committee representative <em class="rfc2119">may</em> designate a non-employee to represent the Member. Non-employee
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        Member representatives <em class="rfc2119">must</em> disclose relevant affiliations to the Team and to any group in which the
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   684
        individual participates.</p>
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      <p>In exceptional circumstances (e.g., situations that might jeopardize the progress of a group or create a <a href="#coi">conflict
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          of interest</a>), the <a href="#def-Director">Director</a> <em class="rfc2119">may</em> decline to allow an individual
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        designated by an Advisory Committee representative to participate in a group.</p>
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      <p>A group charter <em class="rfc2119">may</em> limit the number of individuals representing a W3C Member (or group of <a href="#MemberRelated">related
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          Members</a>).</p>
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      <h3 id="GeneralMeetings">3.2 Meetings</h3>
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      <p>W3C groups (including the <a href="#ACMeetings">Advisory Committee</a>, <a href="#AB">Advisory Board</a>, <a href="#TAG">TAG</a>,
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        and <a href="#GroupsWG">Working Groups</a>) <em class="rfc2119">should</em> observe the meeting requirements in this section.</p>
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      <p>W3C distinguishes two types of meetings:</p>
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      <ol>
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        <li>A <dfn id="ftf-meeting">face-to-face meeting</dfn> is one where most of the attendees are expected to participate in the same
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          physical location.</li>
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        <li>A <dfn id="distributed-meeting">distributed meeting</dfn> is one where most of the attendees are expected to participate from
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          remote locations (e.g., by telephone, video conferencing, or <abbr title="Internet Relay Chat">IRC</abbr>).</li>
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      </ol>
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      <p>A Chair <em class="rfc2119">may</em> invite an individual with a particular expertise to attend a meeting on an exceptional basis.
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        This person is a meeting guest, not a group <a href="#participant">participant</a>. Meeting guests do not have <a href="#Votes">voting
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          rights</a>. It is the responsibility of the Chair to ensure that all meeting guests respect the chartered <a href="#confidentiality-levels">level
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          of confidentiality</a> and other group requirements.</p>
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      <p>Meeting announcements <em class="rfc2119">should</em> be sent to all appropriate group mailing lists, i.e., those most relevant to
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        the anticipated meeting participants.</p>
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      <p>The following table lists requirements for organizing a meeting:</p>
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   707
      <table border="1">
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   708
        <tbody>
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   709
          <tr>
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   710
            <th><br>
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   711
            </th>
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            <th>Face-to-face meetings</th>
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            <th>Distributed meetings</th>
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   714
          </tr>
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   715
          <tr>
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   716
            <th>Meeting announcement (before)</th>
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   717
            <td><span class="time-interval">eight weeks<sup>*</sup></span></td>
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            <td><span class="time-interval">one week<sup>*</sup></span></td>
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   719
          </tr>
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   720
          <tr>
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   721
            <th>Agenda available (before)</th>
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            <td><span class="time-interval">two weeks</span></td>
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   723
            <td><span class="time-interval">24 hours</span> (or longer if a meeting is scheduled after a weekend or holiday)</td>
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   724
          </tr>
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   725
          <tr>
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   726
            <th>Participation confirmed (before)</th>
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   727
            <td><span class="time-interval">three days</span></td>
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   728
            <td><span class="time-interval">24 hours</span></td>
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   729
          </tr>
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   730
          <tr>
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   731
            <th>Action items available (after)</th>
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   732
            <td><span class="time-interval">three days</span></td>
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   733
            <td><span class="time-interval">24 hours</span></td>
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   734
          </tr>
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   735
          <tr>
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   736
            <th>Minutes available (after)</th>
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   737
            <td><span class="time-interval">two weeks</span></td>
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   738
            <td><span class="time-interval">48 hours</span></td>
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   739
          </tr>
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   740
        </tbody>
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   741
      </table>
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   742
      <p><sup>*</sup> To allow proper planning (e.g., travel arrangements), the Chair is responsible for giving sufficient advance notice
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   743
        about the date and location of a meeting. Shorter notice for a meeting is allowed provided that there are no objections from group
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   744
        participants.</p>
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   745
      <h3 id="Consensus">3.3 Consensus</h3>
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   746
      <p>Consensus is a core value of W3C. To promote consensus, the W3C process requires Chairs to ensure that groups consider all
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   747
        legitimate views and objections, and endeavor to resolve them, whether these views and objections are expressed by the active
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   748
        participants of the group or by others (e.g., another W3C group, a group in another organization, or the general public). Decisions
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   749
        <em class="rfc2119">may</em> be made during meetings (<a href="#ftf-meeting">face-to-face</a> or <a href="#distributed-meeting">distributed</a>)
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        as well as through email. <strong>Note:</strong> The Director, CEO, and COO have the role of assessing consensus within the
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   751
        Advisory Committee.</p>
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   752
      <p>The following terms are used in this document to describe the level of support for a decision among a set of eligible individuals:</p>
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      <ol>
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   754
        <li><dfn id="def-Consensus">Consensus</dfn>: A substantial number of individuals in the set support the decision and nobody in the
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          set registers a <a href="#FormalObjection">Formal Objection</a>. Individuals in the set may abstain. Abstention is either an
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   756
          explicit expression of no opinion or silence by an individual in the set. <dfn id="def-Unanimity">Unanimity</dfn> is the
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   757
          particular case of consensus where all individuals in the set support the decision (i.e., no individual in the set abstains).</li>
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   758
        <li><dfn id="def-Dissent">Dissent</dfn>: At least one individual in the set registers a <a href="#FormalObjection">Formal Objection</a>.</li>
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   759
      </ol>
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   760
      <p>By default, the set of individuals eligible to participate in a decision is the set of group participants. The Process Document
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   761
        does not require a quorum for decisions (i.e., the minimal number of eligible participants required to be present before the Chair
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   762
        can call a question). A charter <em class="rfc2119">may</em> include a quorum requirement for consensus decisions.</p>
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   763
      <p>Where unanimity is not possible, a group <em class="rfc2119">should</em> strive to make consensus decisions where there is
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   764
        significant support and few abstentions. The Process Document does not require a particular percentage of eligible participants to
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   765
        agree to a motion in order for a decision to be made. To avoid decisions where there is widespread apathy, (i.e., little support and
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   766
        many abstentions), groups <em class="rfc2119">should</em> set minimum thresholds of active support before a decision can be
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   767
        recorded. The appropriate percentage <em class="rfc2119">may</em> vary depending on the size of the group and the nature of the
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   768
        decision. A charter <em class="rfc2119">may</em> include threshold requirements for consensus decisions. For instance, a charter
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   769
        might require a supermajority of eligible participants (i.e., some established percentage above 50%) to support certain types of
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   770
        consensus decisions.</p>
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   771
      <h4 id="managing-dissent">3.3.1 Managing Dissent</h4>
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      <p>In some cases, even after careful consideration of all points of view, a group might find itself unable to reach consensus. The
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   773
        Chair <em class="rfc2119">may</em> record a decision where there is dissent (i.e., there is at least one <a href="#FormalObjection">Formal
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   774
          Objection</a>) so that the group may make progress (for example, to produce a deliverable in a timely manner). Dissenters cannot
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   775
        stop a group's work simply by saying that they cannot live with a decision. When the Chair believes that the Group has duly
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   776
        considered the legitimate concerns of dissenters as far as is possible and reasonable, the group <em class="rfc2119">should</em>
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   777
        move on.</p>
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   778
      <p>Groups <em class="rfc2119">should</em> favor proposals that create the weakest objections. This is preferred over proposals that
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   779
        are supported by a large majority but that cause strong objections from a few people. As part of making a decision where there is
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   780
        dissent, the Chair is expected to be aware of which participants work for the same (or <a href="#MemberRelated">related</a>) Member
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   781
        organizations and weigh their input accordingly.</p>
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   782
      <h4 id="WGArchiveMinorityViews">3.3.2 Recording and Reporting Formal Objections</h4>
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   783
      <p>In the W3C process, an individual may register a Formal Objection to a decision. A <dfn id="FormalObjection">Formal Objection</dfn>
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   784
        to a group decision is one that the reviewer requests that the Director consider as part of evaluating the related decision (e.g.,
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   785
        in response to a <a href="#rec-advance">request to advance</a> a technical report). <strong>Note:</strong> In this document, the
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   786
        term "Formal Objection" is used to emphasize this process implication: Formal Objections receive Director consideration. The word
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   787
        "objection" used alone has ordinary English connotations.</p>
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   788
      <p>An individual who registers a Formal Objection <em class="rfc2119">should</em> cite technical arguments and propose changes that
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   789
        would remove the Formal Objection; these proposals <em class="rfc2119">may</em> be vague or incomplete. Formal Objections that do
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   790
        not provide substantive arguments or rationale are unlikely to receive serious consideration by the Director.</p>
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   791
      <p>A record of each Formal Objection <em class="rfc2119">must</em> be <a href="#confidentiality-change">publicly available</a>. A
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   792
        Call for Review (of a document) to the Advisory Committee <em class="rfc2119">must</em> identify any Formal Objections.</p>
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   793
      <h4 id="formal-address">3.3.3 Formally Addressing an Issue</h4>
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   794
      <p>In the context of this document, a group has formally addressed an issue when it has sent a public, substantive response to the
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   795
        reviewer who raised the issue. A substantive response is expected to include rationale for decisions (e.g., a technical explanation,
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   796
        a pointer to charter scope, or a pointer to a requirements document). The adequacy of a response is measured against what a W3C
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   797
        reviewer would generally consider to be technically sound. If a group believes that a reviewer's comments result from a
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   798
        misunderstanding, the group <em class="rfc2119">should</em> seek clarification before reaching a decision.</p>
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   799
      <p>As a courtesy, both Chairs and reviewers <em class="rfc2119">should</em> set expectations for the schedule of responses and
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   800
        acknowledgments. The group <em class="rfc2119">should</em> reply to a reviewer's initial comments in a timely manner. The group <em
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   801
          class="rfc2119">should</em> set a time limit for acknowledgment by a reviewer of the group's substantive response; a reviewer
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   802
        cannot block a group's progress. It is common for a reviewer to require a week or more to acknowledge and comment on a substantive
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   803
        response. The group's responsibility to respond to reviewers does not end once a reasonable amount of time has elapsed. However,
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   804
        reviewers <em class="rfc2119">should</em> realize that their comments will carry less weight if not sent to the group in a timely
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   805
        manner.</p>
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   806
      <p>Substantive responses <em class="rfc2119">should</em> be recorded. The group <em class="rfc2119">should</em> maintain an accurate
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   807
        summary of all substantive issues and responses to them (e.g., in the form of an issues list with links to mailing list archives).</p>
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   808
      <h4 id="WGChairReopen">3.3.4 Reopening a Decision When Presented With New Information</h4>
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   809
      <p>The Chair <em class="rfc2119">may</em> reopen a decision when presented with new information, including:</p>
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   810
      <ul>
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   811
        <li>additional technical information,</li>
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   812
        <li>comments by email from participants who were unable to attend a scheduled meeting,</li>
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   813
        <li>comments by email from meeting attendees who chose not to speak out during a meeting (e.g., so they could confer later with
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   814
          colleagues or for cultural reasons).</li>
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   815
      </ul>
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   816
      <p>The Chair <em class="rfc2119">should</em> record that a decision has been reopened, and <em class="rfc2119">must</em> do so upon
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   817
        request from a group participant.</p>
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   818
      <h3 id="Votes">3.4 Votes</h3>
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   819
      <p>A group <em class="rfc2119">should</em> only conduct a vote to resolve a <em>substantive issue</em> after the Chair has
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   820
        determined that all available means of <a href="#Consensus">reaching consensus</a> through technical discussion and compromise have
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   821
        failed, and that a vote is necessary to break a deadlock. In this case the Chair <em class="rfc2119">must</em> record (e.g., in the
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   822
        minutes of the meeting or in an archived email message):</p>
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      <ul>
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        <li>an explanation of the issue being voted on;</li>
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   825
        <li>the decision to conduct a vote (e.g., a simple majority vote) to resolve the issue;</li>
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        <li>the outcome of the vote;</li>
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        <li>any Formal Objections.</li>
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   828
      </ul>
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      <p>In order to vote to resolve a substantive issue, an individual <em class="rfc2119">must</em> be a group <a href="#participant">participant</a>.
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   830
        Each organization represented in the group <em class="rfc2119">must</em> have at most one vote, even when the organization is
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   831
        represented by several participants in the group (including Invited Experts). For the purposes of voting:</p>
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   832
      <ul>
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   833
        <li>A Member or group of <a href="#MemberRelated">related Members</a> is considered a single organization.</li>
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   834
        <li>The <a href="#Team">Team</a> is considered an organization.</li>
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   835
      </ul>
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      <p>Unless the charter states otherwise, <a href="#invited-expert-wg">Invited Experts</a> <em class="rfc2119">may</em> vote.</p>
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   837
      <p>If a participant is unable to attend a vote, that individual <em class="rfc2119">may</em> authorize anyone at the meeting to act
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   838
        as a <dfn id="proxy">proxy</dfn>. The absent participant <em class="rfc2119">must</em> inform the Chair in writing who is acting
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   839
        as proxy, with written instructions on the use of the proxy. For a Working Group or Interest Group, see the related requirements
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   840
        regarding an individual who attends a meeting as a <a href="#mtg-substitute">substitute</a> for a participant.</p>
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   841
      <p>A group <em class="rfc2119">may</em> vote for other purposes than to resolve a substantive issue. For instance, the Chair often
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   842
        conducts a "straw poll" vote as a means of determining whether there is consensus about a potential decision.</p>
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   843
      <p>A group <em class="rfc2119">may</em> also vote to make a process decision. For example, it is appropriate to decide by simple
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   844
        majority whether to hold a meeting in San Francisco or San Jose (there's not much difference geographically). When simple majority
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   845
        votes are used to decide minor issues, the minority are <em class="rfc2119">not required</em> to state the reasons for their
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   846
        dissent, and the group is <em class="rfc2119">not required</em> to record individual votes.</p>
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   847
      <p>A group charter <em class="rfc2119">should</em> include formal voting procedures (e.g., quorum or threshold requirements) for
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   848
        making decisions about substantive issues.</p>
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   849
      <p>Procedures for <a href="#ACVotes">Advisory Committee votes</a> are described separately.</p>
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   850
      <h3 id="WGAppeals">3.5 Appeal of a Chair's Decision</h3>
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   851
      <p>Groups resolve issues through dialog. Individuals who disagree strongly with a decision <em class="rfc2119">should</em> register
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   852
        with the Chair any <a href="#FormalObjection">Formal Objections</a> (e.g., to a decision made as the result of a <a href="#Votes">vote</a>).</p>
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   853
      <p>When group participants believe that their concerns are not being duly considered by the group, they <em class="rfc2119">may</em>
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   854
        ask the <a href="#def-Director">Director</a> (for representatives of a Member organization, via their Advisory Committee
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   855
        representative) to confirm or deny the decision. The participants <em class="rfc2119">should</em> also make their requests known to
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   856
        the <a href="#TeamContact">Team Contact</a>. The Team Contact <em class="rfc2119">must</em> inform the Director when a group
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   857
        participant has raised concerns about due process.</p>
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   858
      <p>Any requests to the Director to confirm a decision <em class="rfc2119">must</em> include a summary of the issue (whether technical
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   859
        or procedural), decision, and rationale for the objection. All counter-arguments, rationales, and decisions <em class="rfc2119">must</em>
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   860
        be recorded.</p>
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   861
      <p>Procedures for <a href="#ACAppeal">Advisory Committee appeals</a> are described separately.</p>
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   862
      <h3 id="resignation">3.6 Resignation from a Group</h3>
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   863
      <p>A W3C Member or Invited Expert <em class="rfc2119">may</em> resign from a group. On written notification from an Advisory
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   864
        Committee representative or Invited Expert to the team, the Member and their representatives or the Invited Expert will be deemed to
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   865
        have resigned from the relevant group. See section 4.2. of the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy">W3C Patent
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   866
          Policy</a> [<a href="#ref-patentpolicy">PUB33</a>] for information about obligations remaining after resignation from certain
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   867
        groups.</p>
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   868
      <section id="chapterDissemination">
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   869
        <h2 id="dissemination">4 Dissemination Policies</h2>
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   870
        <p>The Team is responsible for managing communication within W3C and with the general public (e.g., news services, press releases,
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   871
          managing the Web site and access privileges, and managing calendars). Members <em class="rfc2119">should</em> solicit review by
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   872
          the Team prior to issuing press releases about their work within W3C.</p>
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   873
        <p>The Team makes every effort to ensure the persistence and availability of the following public information:</p>
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   874
        <ul>
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   875
          <li><a href="#Reports">W3C technical reports</a> whose publication has been approved by the Director. Per the Membership
141
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   876
            Agreement, W3C technical reports (and software) are available free of charge to the general public; (refer to the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/copyright-documents">W3C
140
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   877
              Document License</a> [<a href="#ref-doc-license">PUB18</a>]).</li>
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   878
          <li>A <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/mission">mission statement</a> [<a href="#ref-mission">PUB15</a>] that explains the
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   879
            purpose and mission of W3C, the key benefits for Members, and the organizational structure of W3C.</li>
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   880
          <li>Legal documents, including the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Agreement/Member-Agreement">Membership Agreement</a> [<a
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   881
              href="#ref-member-agreement">PUB6</a>]) and documentation of any legal commitments W3C has with other entities.</li>
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   882
          <li>The Process Document.</li>
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   883
          <li>Public results of W3C activities and <a href="#GAEvents">Workshops</a>.</li>
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   884
        </ul>
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   885
        <p>To keep the Members abreast of W3C meetings, Workshops, and review deadlines, the Team provides them with a regular (e.g.,
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   886
          weekly) news service and maintains a <a href="http://www.w3.org/Member/Eventscal">calendar</a> [<a href="#ref-calendar">MEM3</a>]
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   887
          of official W3C events. Members are encouraged to send schedule and event information to the Team for inclusion on this calendar.</p>
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   888
        <h3 id="confidentiality-levels">4.1 Confidentiality Levels</h3>
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   889
        <p>There are three principal levels of access to W3C information (on the W3C Web site, in W3C meetings, etc.): public, Member-only,
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   890
          and Team-only.</p>
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   891
        <p>While much information made available by W3C is public, <dfn id="Member-only">"Member-only" information</dfn> is available to
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   892
          authorized parties only, including representatives of Member organizations, <a href="#invited-expert-wg">Invited Experts</a>, the
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   893
          Advisory Board, the TAG, and the Team. For example, the <a href="#WGCharter">charter</a> of some Working Groups may specify a
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   894
          Member-only confidentiality level for group proceedings.</p>
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   895
        <p id="Team-only">"Team-only" information is available to the Team and other authorized parties.</p>
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   896
        <p>Those authorized to access Member-only and Team-only information:</p>
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   897
        <ul>
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   898
          <li><em class="rfc2119">must</em> treat the information as confidential within W3C,</li>
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   899
          <li><em class="rfc2119">must</em> use reasonable efforts to maintain the proper level confidentiality, and</li>
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   900
          <li><em class="rfc2119">must not</em> release this information to the general public or press.</li>
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   901
        </ul>
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   902
        <p>The Team <em class="rfc2119">must</em> provide mechanisms to protect the confidentiality of Member-only information and ensure
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   903
          that authorized parties have proper access to this information. Documents <em class="rfc2119">should</em> clearly indicate
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   904
          whether they require Member-only confidentiality. Individuals uncertain of the confidentiality level of a piece of information <em
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   905
            class="rfc2119">should</em> contact the Team.</p>
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   906
        <p>Advisory Committee representatives <em class="rfc2119">may</em> authorize Member-only access to <a href="#member-rep">Member
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   907
            representatives</a> and other individuals employed by the Member who are considered appropriate recipients. For instance, it is
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   908
          the responsibility of the Advisory Committee representative and other employees and official representatives of the organization
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   909
          to ensure that Member-only news announcements are distributed for internal use only within their organization. Information about
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   910
          Member mailing lists is available in the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Member/Intro">New Member Orientation</a>.</p>
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   911
        <h4 id="confidentiality-change">4.1.1 Changing Confidentiality Level</h4>
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   912
        <p>As a benefit of membership, W3C provides some Team-only and Member-only channels for certain types of communication. For example,
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   913
          Advisory Committee representatives can send <a href="#ACReview">reviews</a> to a Team-only channel. However, for W3C processes
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   914
          with a significant public component, such as the technical report development process, it is also important for information that
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   915
          affects decision-making to be publicly available. The Team <em class="rfc2119">may</em> need to communicate Team-only information
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   916
          to a Working Group or the public. Similarly, a Working Group whose proceedings are Member-only <em class="rfc2119">must</em> make
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   917
          public information pertinent to the technical report development process.</p>
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   918
        <p>This document clearly indicates which information <em class="rfc2119">must</em> be available to Members or the public, even
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   919
          though that information was initially communicated on Team-only or Member-only channels. Only the Team and parties authorized by
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   920
          the Team change the level of confidentiality of this information. When doing so:</p>
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   921
        <ol>
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   922
          <li>The Team <em class="rfc2119">must</em> use a version of the information that was expressly provided by the author for the new
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   923
            confidentiality level. In Calls for Review and other similar messages, the Team <em class="rfc2119">should</em> remind
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   924
            recipients to provide such alternatives.</li>
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   925
          <li>The Team <em class="rfc2119">must not</em> attribute the version for the new confidentiality level to the author without the
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   926
            author's consent.</li>
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   927
          <li>If the author has not conveyed to the Team a version that is suitable for another confidentiality level, the Team <em class="rfc2119">may</em>
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   928
            make available a version that reasonably communicates what is required, while respecting the original level of confidentiality,
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   929
            and without attribution to the original author.</li>
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   930
        </ol>
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   931
      </section>
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   932
      <section id="ChapterGroups">
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   933
        <h2 id="GAGeneral">5 Working Groups and Interest Groups</h2>
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   934
        <p id="GAGroups">This document defines two types of groups:</p>
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   935
        <ol>
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   936
          <li><a href="#GroupsWG">Working Groups.</a> Working Groups typically produce deliverables (e.g., <a href="#rec-advance">Recommendation
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   937
              Track technical reports</a>, software, test suites, and reviews of the deliverables of other groups). There are additional
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   938
            participation requirements described in the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy">W3C Patent Policy</a> [<a href="#ref-patentpolicy">PUB33</a>].</li>
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          <li><a href="#GroupsIG">Interest Groups.</a> The primary goal of an Interest Group is to bring together people who wish to
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            evaluate potential Web technologies and policies. An Interest Group is a forum for the exchange of ideas.</li>
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        </ol>
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        <p>Interest Groups do not publish <a href="#RecsW3C">Recommendation Track technical reports</a>; see information about <a href="#WGNote">maturity
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            levels for Interest Groups</a>.</p>
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        <h3 id="ReqsAllGroups">5.1 Requirements for All Working and Interest Groups</h3>
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        <p>Each group <em class="rfc2119">must</em> have a charter. Requirements for the charter depend on the group type. All group
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          charters <em class="rfc2119">must</em> be public (even if other proceedings of the group are <a href="#Member-only">Member-only</a>).
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          Existing charters that are not yet public <em class="rfc2119">must</em> be made public when next revised or extended (with
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          attention to <a href="#confidentiality-change">changing confidentiality level</a>).</p>
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        <p>Each group <em class="rfc2119">must</em> have a <dfn id="GeneralChairs">Chair</dfn> (or co-Chairs) to coordinate the group's
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          tasks. The Director appoints (and re-appoints) Chairs for all groups. The Chair is a <a href="#member-rep">Member representative</a>,
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          a <a href="#Team">Team representative</a>, or an <a href="#invited-expert-wg">Invited Expert</a> (invited by the Director). The
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          requirements of this document that apply to those types of participants apply to Chairs as well. The <a href="/Guide/chair-roles">role
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            of the Chair [MEM14]</a> is described in the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Guide/">Member guide</a> [<a href="#ref-guide">MEM9</a>].</p>
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        <p>Each group <em class="rfc2119">must</em> have a <dfn id="TeamContact">Team Contact</dfn>, who acts as the interface between the
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   955
          Chair, group participants, and the rest of the Team. The <a href="/Guide/staff-contact">role of the Team Contact</a> is described
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          in the Member guide. The Chair and the Team Contact of a group <em class="rfc2119">should not</em> be the same individual.</p>
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        <p>Each group <em class="rfc2119">must</em> have an archived mailing list for formal group communication (e.g., for meeting
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          announcements and minutes, documentation of decisions, and <a href="#FormalObjection">Formal Objections</a> to decisions). It is
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          the responsibility of the Chair and Team Contact to ensure that new participants are subscribed to all relevant mailing lists.
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          Refer to the list of <a href="http://www.w3.org/Member/Mail/">group mailing lists</a> [<a href="#ref-mailing-lists">MEM2</a>].</p>
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        <p>A Chair <em class="rfc2119">may</em> form task forces (composed of group participants) to carry out assignments for the group.
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          The scope of these assignments <em class="rfc2119">must not</em> exceed the scope of the group's charter. A group <em class="rfc2119">should</em>
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   963
          document the process it uses to create task forces (e.g., each task force might have an informal "charter"). Task forces do not
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   964
          publish <a href="#Reports">technical reports</a>; the Working Group <em class="rfc2119">may</em> choose to publish their results
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   965
          as part of a technical report.</p>
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   966
        <h3>5.2 <dfn id="GroupsWG">Working Groups</dfn> and <dfn id="GroupsIG">Interest Groups</dfn></h3>
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        <p>Although Working Groups and Interest Groups have different purposes, they share some characteristics, and so are defined together
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   968
          in the following sections.</p>
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        <h4>5.2.1 <dfn id="group-participation">Working Group and Interest Group Participation Requirements</dfn></h4>
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        <p>There are three types of individual <dfn id="wgparticipant">participants in a Working Group</dfn>: <a href="#member-rep">Member
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            representatives</a>, <a href="#invited-expert-wg">Invited Experts</a>, and <a href="#Team">Team representatives</a> (including
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   972
          the <a href="#TeamContact">Team Contact</a>).</p>
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   973
        <p>There are four types of individual <dfn id="igparticipant">participants in an Interest Group</dfn>: the same three types as for
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          Working Groups plus, for an Interest Group where the only <a href="#ig-mail-only">participation requirement is mailing list
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   975
            subscription</a>, <dfn id="public-participant-ig">public participants</dfn>.</p>
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   976
        <p>Except where noted in this document or in a group charter, all participants share the same rights and responsibilities in a
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   977
          group; see also the <a href="#ParticipationCriteria">individual participation criteria</a>.</p>
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        <p>A participant <em class="rfc2119">must</em> represent at most one organization in a Working Group or Interest Group.</p>
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   979
        <p>An individual <em class="rfc2119">may</em> become a Working or Interest Group participant at any time during the group's
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   980
          existence. See also relevant requirements in <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy#sec-join">section 4.3</a> of the
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   981
          <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy">W3C Patent Policy</a> [<a href="#ref-patentpolicy">PUB33</a>].</p>
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   982
        <p>On an exceptional basis, a Working or Interest Group participant <em class="rfc2119">may</em> designate a <dfn id="mtg-substitute">substitute</dfn>
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   983
          to attend a <a href="#GeneralMeetings">meeting</a> and <em class="rfc2119">should</em> inform the Chair. The substitute <em class="rfc2119">may</em>
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          act on behalf of the participant, including for <a href="#Votes">votes</a>. For the substitute to vote, the participant <em class="rfc2119">must</em>
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   985
          inform the Chair in writing in advance. As a courtesy to the group, if the substitute is not well-versed in the group's
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   986
          discussions, the regular participant <em class="rfc2119">should</em> authorize another participant to act as <a href="#proxy">proxy</a>
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   987
          for votes.</p>
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   988
        <p>To allow rapid progress, Working Groups are intended to be small (typically fewer than 15 people) and composed of experts in the
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   989
          area defined by the charter. In principle, Interest Groups have no limit on the number of participants. When a Working Group grows
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   990
          too large to be effective, W3C <em class="rfc2119">may</em> split it into an Interest Group (a discussion forum) and a much
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   991
          smaller Working Group (a core group of highly dedicated participants).</p>
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   992
        <p>See also the licensing obligations on Working Group participants in <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy#sec-Obligations">section
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   993
            3</a> of the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy">W3C Patent Policy</a> [<a href="#ref-patentpolicy">PUB33</a>],
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          and the patent claim exclusion process of <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy#sec-Exclusion">section 4</a>.</p>
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   995
        <h5>5.2.1.1 <dfn id="member-rep-wg">Member Representative</dfn> in a Working Group</h5>
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        <p>An individual is a Member representative in a Working Group if all of the following conditions are satisfied:</p>
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   997
        <ul>
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   998
          <li>the Advisory Committee representative of the Member in question has designated the individual as a Working Group participant,
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   999
            and</li>
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  1000
          <li>the individual qualifies for <a href="#member-rep">Member representation</a>.</li>
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  1001
        </ul>
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  1002
        <p><dfn id="member-rep-info">To designate an individual as a Member representative in a Working Group</dfn>, an Advisory Committee
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          representative <em class="rfc2119">must</em> provide the Chair and Team Contact with all of the following information, in
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          addition to any other information required by the <a href="#cfp">Call for Participation</a> and charter (including the
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          participation requirements of the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy">W3C Patent Policy</a> [<a href="#ref-patentpolicy">PUB33</a>]):</p>
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  1006
        <ol>
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          <li>The name of the W3C Member the individual represents and whether the individual is an employee of that Member organization;</li>
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          <li>A statement that the individual accepts the participation terms set forth in the charter (with an indication of charter date
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            or version);</li>
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          <li>A statement that the Member will provide the necessary financial support for participation (e.g., for travel, telephone calls,
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  1011
            and conferences).</li>
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  1012
        </ol>
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        <p>A Member participates in a Working Group from the moment the first Member representative joins the group until either of the
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  1014
          following occurs:</p>
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  1015
        <ul>
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  1016
          <li>the group closes, or</li>
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          <li>the Member <a href="#resignation">resigns</a> from the Working Group; this is done through the Member's Advisory Committee
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            representative.</li>
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  1019
        </ul>
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        <h5>5.2.1.2 <dfn id="member-rep-ig">Member Representative</dfn> in an Interest Group</h5>
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        <p>When the participation requirements exceed <a href="#ig-mail-only">Interest Group mailing list subscription</a>, an individual
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          is a Member representative in an Interest Group if all of the following conditions are satisfied:</p>
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        <ul>
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  1024
          <li>the Advisory Committee representative of the Member in question has designated the individual as an Interest Group
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            participant, and</li>
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          <li>the individual qualifies for <a href="#member-rep">Member representation</a>.</li>
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  1027
        </ul>
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        <p>To designate an individual as a Member representative in an Interest Group, the Advisory Committee representative <em class="rfc2119">must</em>
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          follow the instructions in the <a href="#cfp">Call for Participation</a> and charter.</p>
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        <p>Member participation in an Interest Group ceases under the same conditions as for a Working Group.</p>
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        <h5>5.2.1.3 <dfn id="invited-expert-wg">Invited Expert in a Working Group</dfn></h5>
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        <p>The Chair <em class="rfc2119">may</em> invite an individual with a particular expertise to participate in a Working Group. This
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          individual <em class="rfc2119">may</em> represent an organization in the group (e.g., if acting as a liaison with another
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  1034
          organization).</p>
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        <p>An individual is an Invited Expert in a Working Group if all of the following conditions are satisfied:</p>
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        <ul>
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          <li>the Chair has designated the individual as a group participant,</li>
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  1038
          <li>the Team Contact has agreed with the Chair's choice, and</li>
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          <li>the individual has provided the <a href="#inv-expert-info">information required of an Invited Expert</a> to the Chair and
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            Team Contact.</li>
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  1041
        </ul>
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        <p>To designate an individual as an Invited Expert in a Working Group, the Chair <em class="rfc2119">must</em> inform the Team
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          Contact and provide rationale for the choice. When the Chair and the Team Contact disagree about a designation, the <a href="#def-Director">Director</a>
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          determines whether the individual will be invited to participate in the Working Group.</p>
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  1045
        <p><dfn id="inv-expert-info">To be able to participate in a Working Group as an Invited Expert</dfn>, an individual <em class="rfc2119">must</em>
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          do all of the following:</p>
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  1047
        <ul>
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          <li>identify the organization, if any, the individual represents as a participant in this group,</li>
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  1049
          <li>agree to the terms of the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/collaborators-agreement">invited expert and
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              collaborators agreement</a> [<a href="#ref-invited-expert">PUB17</a>],</li>
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parents: 140
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          <li>accept the participation terms set forth in the charter (including the participation requirements of <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy#sec-Obligations">section
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              3</a> (especially 3.4) and <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy#sec-Disclosure">section 6</a> (especially
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            6.10) of the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy">W3C Patent Policy</a> [<a href="#ref-patentpolicy">PUB33</a>]).
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parents: 139
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  1054
            Indicate a specific charter date or version,</li>
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parents: 139
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  1055
          <li>disclose whether the individual is an employee of a W3C Member; see the <a href="#coi">conflict of interest policy</a>,</li>
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parents: 139
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  1056
          <li>provide a statement of who will provide the necessary financial support for the individual's participation (e.g., for travel,
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parents: 139
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  1057
            telephone calls, and conferences), and</li>
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parents: 139
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  1058
          <li>if the individual's employer (including a self-employed individual) or the organization the individual represents is not a W3C
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parents: 139
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  1059
            Member, indicate whether that organization intends to join W3C. If the organization does not intend to join W3C, indicate
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parents: 139
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  1060
            reasons the individual is aware of for this choice.</li>
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parents: 139
diff changeset
  1061
        </ul>
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parents: 139
diff changeset
  1062
        <p>The Chair <em class="rfc2119">should not</em> designate as an Invited Expert in a Working Group an individual who is an employee
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parents: 139
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  1063
          of a W3C Member. The Chair <em class="rfc2119">must not</em> use Invited Expert status to circumvent participation limits imposed
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parents: 139
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  1064
          by the <a href="#WGCharter">charter</a>.</p>
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parents: 139
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  1065
        <p>An Invited Expert participates in a Working Group from the moment the individual joins the group until any of the following
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1066
          occurs:</p>
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1067
        <ul>
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parents: 139
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  1068
          <li>the group closes, or</li>
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parents: 139
diff changeset
  1069
          <li>the Chair or Director withdraws the invitation to participate, or</li>
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parents: 139
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  1070
          <li>the individual <a href="#resignation">resigns</a>.</li>
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charles
parents: 139
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  1071
        </ul>
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charles
parents: 154
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  1072
        <h5>5.2.1.4 <dfn id="invited-expert-ig">Invited Expert in an Interest Group</dfn></h5>
140
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parents: 139
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  1073
        <p>When the participation requirements exceed <a href="#ig-mail-only">Interest Group mailing list subscription</a>, the
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parents: 139
diff changeset
  1074
          participation requirements for an Invited Expert in an Interest Group are the same as those for an <a href="#invited-expert-wg">Invited
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parents: 139
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  1075
            Expert in a Working Group</a>.</p>
155
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charles
parents: 154
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  1076
        <h5>5.2.1.5 <dfn id="team-rep-wg">Team Representative in a Working Group</dfn></h5>
140
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parents: 139
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  1077
        <p>An individual is a Team representative in a Working Group when so designated by W3C management.</p>
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parents: 139
diff changeset
  1078
        <p>A Team representative participates in a Working Group from the moment the individual joins the group until any of the following
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1079
          occurs:</p>
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1080
        <ul>
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charles
parents: 139
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  1081
          <li>the group closes, or</li>
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parents: 139
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  1082
          <li>W3C management changes Team representation by sending email to the Chair, cc'ing the group mailing list.</li>
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1083
        </ul>
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parents: 139
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  1084
        <p>The Team participates in a Working Group from the moment the Director announces the creation of the group until the group closes.</p>
155
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charles
parents: 154
diff changeset
  1085
        <h5>5.2.1.6 <dfn id="team-rep-ig">Team Representative in an Interest Group</dfn></h5>
140
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1086
        <p>When the participation requirements exceed <a href="#ig-mail-only">Interest Group mailing list subscription</a>, an individual
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parents: 139
diff changeset
  1087
          is a Team representative in an Interest Group when so designated by W3C management.</p>
155
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charles
parents: 154
diff changeset
  1088
        <h4>5.2.2 <dfn id="WGCharterDevelopment">Working Group and Interest Group Charter Development</dfn></h4>
140
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parents: 139
diff changeset
  1089
        <p>W3C creates a charter based on interest from the Members and Team. The Team <em class="rfc2119">must</em> notify the Advisory
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parents: 139
diff changeset
  1090
          Committee when a charter for a new Working Group or Interest Group is in development. This is intended to raise awareness, even if
154
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charles
parents: 153
diff changeset
  1091
          no formal proposal is yet available. Advisory Committee representatives <em class="rfc2119">may</em> provide feedback on the <a
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charles
parents: 153
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  1092
            href="#ACCommunication">Advisory Committee discussion list</a>.</p>
140
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parents: 139
diff changeset
  1093
        <p>W3C <em class="rfc2119">may</em> begin work on a Working Group or Interest Group charter at any time.</p>
155
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charles
parents: 154
diff changeset
  1094
        <h4>5.2.3 <dfn id="CharterReview">Advisory Committee Review of a Working Group or Interest Group Charter</dfn></h4>
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  1095
        <p>The Director <em class="rfc2119">must</em> solicit <a href="#ACReview">Advisory Committee review</a> of every new or
140
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  1096
          substantively modified Working Group or Interest Group charter. The Director is <em class="rfc2119">not required</em> to solicit
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parents: 139
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  1097
          Advisory Committee review prior to a charter extension or for minor changes. The review period <em class="rfc2119">must</em> be
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1098
          at least four weeks.</p>
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parents: 139
diff changeset
  1099
        <p>The Director's Call for Review of a substantively modified charter <em class="rfc2119">must</em> highlight important changes
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parents: 139
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  1100
          (e.g., regarding deliverables or resource allocation) and include rationale for the changes.</p>
155
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charles
parents: 154
diff changeset
  1101
        <h4>5.2.4 <dfn id="cfp">Call for Participation in a Working Group or Interest Group</dfn></h4>
140
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parents: 139
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  1102
        <p>After Advisory Committee review of a Working Group or Interest Group charter, the Director <em class="rfc2119">may</em> issue a
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parents: 139
diff changeset
  1103
          Call for Participation to the Advisory Committee. Charters <em class="rfc2119">may</em> be amended based on review comments
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1104
          before the Director issues a Call for Participation. </p>
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parents: 139
diff changeset
  1105
        <p>For a new group, this announcement officially creates the group. The announcement <em class="rfc2119">must</em> include a
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1106
          reference to the <a href="#WGCharter">charter</a>, the name(s) of the group's <a href="#GeneralChairs">Chair(s)</a>, and the
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parents: 139
diff changeset
  1107
          name of the <a href="#TeamContact">Team Contact</a>.</p>
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1108
        <p>After a Call for Participation, any <a href="#member-rep">Member representatives</a> and <a href="#invited-expert-wg">Invited
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parents: 139
diff changeset
  1109
            Experts</a> <em class="rfc2119">must</em> be designated (or re-designated).</p>
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1110
        <p>Advisory Committee representatives <em class="rfc2119">may</em> <a href="#ACAppeal">appeal</a> creation or substantive
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1111
          modification of a Working Group or Interest Group charter.</p>
155
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charles
parents: 154
diff changeset
  1112
        <h4>5.2.5 <dfn id="charter-extension">Working Group and Interest Group Charter Extension</dfn></h4>
140
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1113
        <p>To extend a Working Group or Interest Group charter with no other substantive modifications, the Director announces the extension
143
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charles
parents: 142
diff changeset
  1114
          to the Advisory Committee. The announcement <em class="rfc2119">must</em> indicate the new duration. The announcement <em class="rfc2119">must</em>
140
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parents: 139
diff changeset
  1115
          also include rationale for the extension, a reference to the <a href="#WGCharter">charter</a>, the name(s) of the group's <a href="#GeneralChairs">Chair(s)</a>,
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parents: 139
diff changeset
  1116
          the name of the <a href="#TeamContact">Team Contact</a>, and instructions for joining the group.</p>
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1117
        <p>After a charter extension, Advisory Committee representatives and the Chair are <em class="rfc2119">not required</em> to
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1118
          re-designate <a href="#member-rep">Member representatives</a> and <a href="#invited-expert-wg">Invited Experts</a>.</p>
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1119
        <p>Advisory Committee representatives <em class="rfc2119">may</em> <a href="#ACAppeal">appeal</a> the extension of a Working Group
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1120
          or Interest Group charter.</p>
155
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charles
parents: 154
diff changeset
  1121
        <h4>5.2.6 <dfn id="WGCharter">Working Group and Interest Group Charters</dfn></h4>
140
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  1122
        <p>A Working Group or Interest Group charter <em class="rfc2119">must</em> include all of the following information.</p>
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1123
        <ul>
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parents: 139
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  1124
          <li>The group's mission (e.g., develop a technology or process, review the work of other groups);</li>
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1125
          <li>The scope of the group's work and criteria for success;</li>
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charles
parents: 139
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  1126
          <li>The duration of the group (typically from six months to two years);</li>
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parents: 139
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  1127
          <li>The nature of any deliverables (technical reports, reviews of the deliverables of other groups, or software), expected
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charles
parents: 139
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  1128
            milestones, and the process for the group participants to approve the release of these deliverables (including public
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1129
            intermediate results). A charter is <em class="rfc2119">not required</em> to include the schedule for a review of another
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1130
            group's deliverables;</li>
143
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charles
parents: 142
diff changeset
  1131
          <li>Any dependencies by groups within or outside of W3C on the deliverables of this group. For any dependencies, the charter <em
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charles
parents: 142
diff changeset
  1132
              class="rfc2119">must</em> specify the mechanisms for communication about the deliverables;</li>
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charles
parents: 152
diff changeset
  1133
          <li>Any dependencies of this group on other groups within or outside of W3C. Such dependencies include interactions with <a href="http://www.w3.org/Guide/Charter.html#horizontal-review">W3C
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charles
parents: 152
diff changeset
  1134
              Horizontal Groups</a>;</li>
140
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  1135
          <li>The <a href="#confidentiality-levels">level of confidentiality</a> of the group's proceedings and deliverables;</li>
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charles
parents: 139
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  1136
          <li>Meeting mechanisms and expected frequency;</li>
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charles
parents: 139
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  1137
          <li>If known, the date of the first <a href="#ftf-meeting">face-to-face meeting</a>. The date of the first face-to-face meeting
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parents: 139
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  1138
            of a proposed group <em class="rfc2119">must not</em> be sooner than <span class="time-interval">eight weeks</span> after the
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charles
parents: 139
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  1139
            date of the proposal.</li>
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charles
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  1140
          <li>Communication mechanisms to be employed within the group, between the group and the rest of W3C, and with the general public;</li>
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charles
parents: 139
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  1141
          <li>An estimate of the expected time commitment from participants;</li>
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  1142
          <li>The expected time commitment and level of involvement by the Team (e.g., to track developments, write and edit technical
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charles
parents: 139
diff changeset
  1143
            reports, develop code, or organize pilot experiments).</li>
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parents: 139
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  1144
          <li>Intellectual property information. What are the intellectual property (including patents and copyright) considerations
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  1145
            affecting the success of the Group? In particular, is there any reason to believe that it will be difficult to meet the
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parents: 139
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  1146
            Royalty-Free licensing goals of section 2 of the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy">W3C Patent Policy</a> [<a
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parents: 139
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  1147
              href="#ref-patentpolicy">PUB33</a>]?</li>
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parents: 139
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  1148
        </ul>
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parents: 140
diff changeset
  1149
        <p>See also the charter requirements of <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy#sec-Licensing">section 2</a> and <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy#sec-Obligations">section
140
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parents: 139
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  1150
            3</a> of the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy">W3C Patent Policy</a> [<a href="#ref-patentpolicy">PUB33</a>].</p>
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  1151
        <p id="ig-charter-participation">An Interest Group charter <em class="rfc2119">may</em> include provisions regarding participation,
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parents: 139
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  1152
          including specifying that the <dfn id="ig-mail-only">only requirement for participation (by anyone) in the Interest Group is
141
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  1153
            subscription to the Interest Group mailing list</dfn>. This type of Interest Group <em class="rfc2119">may</em> have <a href="#public-participant-ig">public
140
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  1154
            participants</a>.</p>
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  1155
        <p>A charter <em class="rfc2119">may</em> include additional voting procedures, but those procedures <em class="rfc2119">must not</em>
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  1156
          conflict with the <a href="#Votes">voting requirements</a> of the Process Document.</p>
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  1157
        <p>A charter <em class="rfc2119">may</em> include provisions other than those required by this document. The charter <em class="rfc2119">should</em>
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  1158
          highlight whether additional provisions impose constraints beyond those of the W3C Process Document (e.g., limits on the number of
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parents: 139
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          individuals in a Working Group who represent the same Member organization or group of <a href="#MemberRelated">related Members</a>).</p>
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        <h4>5.2.8 <dfn id="GeneralTermination">Working Group and Interest Group Closure</dfn></h4>
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        <p>A Working Group or Interest Group charter specifies a duration for the group. The Director, subject to <a href="#ACAppeal">appeal</a>
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          by Advisory Committee representatives, <em class="rfc2119">may</em> close a group prior to the date specified in the charter in
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          any of the following circumstances:</p>
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        <ul>
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          <li>There are insufficient resources to produce chartered deliverables or to maintain the group, according to priorities
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            established within W3C.</li>
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          <li>The group produces chartered deliverables ahead of schedule.</li>
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        </ul>
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        <p>The Director closes a Working Group or Interest Group by announcement to the Advisory Committee.</p>
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        <p>Closing a Working Group has implications with respect to the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy">W3C Patent
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            Policy</a> [<a href="#ref-patentpolicy">PUB33</a>].</p>
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      </section>
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      <h2 id="Reports">6 W3C Technical Report Development Process</h2>
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      <p>The W3C technical report development process is the set of steps and requirements followed by W3C <a href="#GroupsWG">Working
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          Groups</a> to standardize Web technology. The W3C technical report development process is designed to </p>
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      <ul>
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        <li>support multiple specification development methodologies</li>
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        <li>maximize <a href="#def-Consensus" rel="glossary" title="Definition of Consensus"><span class="dfn-instance">consensus</span></a>
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          about the content of stable technical reports</li>
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        <li>ensure high technical and editorial quality</li>
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        <li>promote consistency among specifications</li>
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        <li>facilitate royalty-free, interoperable implementations of Web Standards, and</li>
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  1183
        <li>earn endorsement by W3C and the broader community.</li>
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  1184
      </ul>
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      <p>See also the licensing goals for W3C Recommendations in <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy#sec-Licensing">section
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          2</a> of the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy">W3C Patent Policy</a> [<a href="#ref-patentpolicy">PUB33</a>].
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  1187
      </p>
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      <h3 id="rec-advance">6.1 W3C Technical Reports</h3>
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      <p>Please note that <dfn>publishing</dfn> as used in this document refers to producing a version which is listed as a W3C Technical
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        Report on its <a href="http://www.w3.org/TR/">Technical Reports page http://www.w3.org/TR</a>.</p>
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      <p>This chapter describes the formal requirements for publishing and maintaining a W3C Recommendation or Note.</p>
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      <p>Typically a series of Working Drafts are published, each of which refines a document under development to complete the scope of
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        work envisioned by a Working Group's charter. For a technical specification, once review suggests the Working Group has met their
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        requirements satisfactorily for a new standard, there is a Candidate Recommendation phase. This allows the entire W3C membership to
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        provide feedback on whether the specification is appropriate as a W3C Recommendation, while the Working Group formally collects
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        implementation experience to demonstrate that the specification works in practice. The next phase is a Proposed Recommendation, to
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        finalize the review of W3C Members. If the Director determines that W3C member review supports a specification becoming a standard,
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  1198
        W3C publishes it as a Recommendation.</p>
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  1199
      <p>Groups may also publish documents as W3C Notes, typically either to document information other than technical specifications, such
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  1200
        as use cases motivating a specification and best practices for its use, or to clarify the status of work that is abandoned. </p>
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      <p>Some W3C Notes are developed through successive Working Drafts, with an expectation that they will become Notes, while others are
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        simply published. There are few formal requirements to publish a document as a W3C Note, and they have no standing as a
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        recommendation of W3C but are simply documents preserved for historical reference.</p>
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  1204
      <p>Individual Working Groups and Interest Groups may adopt additional processes for developing publications, so long as they do not
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        conflict with the requirements in this chapter.</p>
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      <h4 id="recs-and-notes">6.1.1 Recommendations and Notes</h4>
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      <p>W3C follows these steps when advancing a technical report to Recommendation.</p>
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      <ol>
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        <li>Publication of the <a href="#first-wd">First Public Working Draft</a>,</li>
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        <li>Publication of zero or more revised <a href="#revised-wd">Public Working Drafts</a>.</li>
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        <li>Publication of a <a href="#last-call">Candidate Recommendation</a>.</li>
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        <li>Publication of a <a href="#rec-pr">Proposed Recommendation</a>.</li>
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        <li>Publication as a <a href="#rec-publication">W3C Recommendation</a>.</li>
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        <li>Possibly, Publication as an <a href="#rec-edited">Edited Recommendation</a></li>
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      </ol>
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      <p>
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        <svg xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" viewBox="0 0 450 60" height="5em" width="45em">
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          <g id="ToFPWD" stroke="black" fill="black">
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            <a xlink:href="#first-wd"><text font-size="8" font-family="Times,serif" y="38" x="66" text-anchor="start" stroke="none">First WD</text></a>
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            <path d="M66,40h33"></path>
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            <polygon points="98,36 108,40 98,44"></polygon> </g>
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          <g id="nodeWD">
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            <ellipse ry="18" rx="38" cy="40" cx="147" stroke="black" fill="none"></ellipse>
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            <a xlink:href="#RecsWD"><text font-size="14" font-family="Times,serif" y="44" x="147" text-anchor="middle">WD</text></a> </g>
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          <g id="repeatWD" stroke="black">
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            <path d="M128,24C123,14 129,4 147,4 158,4 165,8 167,14" fill="none" stroke-dasharray="6 1"></path>
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            <polygon points="170,14 166,24 164,13"></polygon> </g>
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          <g class="edge" id="toCR" stroke="black" fill="black">
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            <path d="M185,40h31"></path>
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            <polygon points="211,36 221,40 211,44"></polygon> </g>
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          <g id="nodeCR">
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            <ellipse ry="18" rx="38" cy="40" cx="260" stroke="black" fill="none"></ellipse>
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            <a xlink:href="#RecsCR"><text font-size="14" font-family="Times,serif" y="44" x="260" text-anchor="middle">CR</text></a> </g>
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          <g class="edge" id="repeatCR" stroke="black" fill="black">
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            <path d="M242,24C238,14 244,4 260,4 271,4 277,8 279,14" stroke-dasharray="5 3" fill="none"></path>
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            <polygon points="282,14 277,24 275,13"></polygon> </g>
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          <g id="backToWD" stroke="#666" fill="#666">
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            <path d="M190,47h34" stroke-dasharray="4 4"></path>
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            <polygon points="190,45 183,47 190,49"></polygon> </g>
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          <g class="edge" id="ToPR" stroke="black" fill="black">
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            <path d="M298,40h27"></path>
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            <polygon points="324,36 334,40 324,44"></polygon> </g>
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          <g id="nodePR">
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            <ellipse ry="18" rx="28" cy="40" cx="363" stroke="black" fill="none"></ellipse>
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            <a xlink:href="#RecsPR"><text font-size="14" font-family="Times,serif" y="44" x="363" text-anchor="middle">PR</text></a> </g>
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          <g id="BackToCR" stroke="#aaa" fill="#aaa">
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            <path d="M301,47h38" stroke-dasharray="2 5"></path>
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            <polygon points="301,45 296,47 301,49"></polygon> </g>
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          <g id="ToRec" stroke="black" fill="black">
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            <path d="M391,40h20"></path>
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            <polygon points="404,36 414,40 404,44"></polygon> </g>
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          <g id="nodeRec">
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            <ellipse ry="18" rx="28" cy="40" cx="443" stroke="black" fill="none"></ellipse>
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            <a xlink:href="#RecsW3C"><text font-size="14" font-family="Times,serif" y="44" x="443" text-anchor="middle">REC</text></a> </g>
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        </svg> </p>
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      <p>W3C <em class="rfc2119">may</em> <a href="#tr-end">end work on a technical report</a> at any time.</p>
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      <p>The Director <em class="rfc2119">may</em> decline a request to advance in maturity level, requiring a Working Group to conduct
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        further work, and <em class="rfc2119">may</em> require the specification to return to a lower <a href="#maturity-levels">maturity
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          level</a>. The Director <em class="rfc2119">must</em> inform the <a href="#AC">Advisory Committee</a> and Working Group Chairs
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        when a Working Group's request for a specification to advance in maturity level is declined and the specification is returned to a
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        Working Group for further work.</p>
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      <h4 id="maturity-levels">6.1.2 Maturity Levels</h4>
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      <dl>
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        <dt id="RecsWD">Working Draft (WD)</dt>
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        <dd>A Working Draft is a document that W3C has published for review by the community, including W3C Members, the public, and other
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          technical organizations. Some, but not all, Working Drafts are meant to advance to Recommendation; see the <a href="#DocumentStatus">document
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            status section</a> of a Working Draft for the group's expectations. Any Working Draft not, or no longer, intended to advance to
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          Recommendation <em class="rfc2119">should</em> be published as a Working Group Note. Working Drafts do not necessarily represent
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          a consensus of the Working Group, and do not imply any endorsement by W3C or its members beyond agreement to work on a general
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          area of technology.</dd>
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        <dt id="RecsCR">Candidate Recommendation (CR)</dt>
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        <dd class="changed">A Candidate Recommendation is a document that satisfies the Working Group's technical requirements, and has
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  1273
          already received wide review. W3C publishes a Candidate Recommendation to
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  1274
          <ul>
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            <li>signal to the wider community that it is time to do a final review</li>
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            <li>gather <a href="#implementation-experience">implementation experience</a></li>
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            <li>begin formal review by the Advisory Committee, who <em class="rfc2119">may</em> recommend that the document be published as
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              a W3C Recommendation, returned to the Working Group for further work, or abandoned.</li>
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            <li>Provide an exclusion opportunity as per the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy">W3C Patent Policy</a> [<a
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                href="#ref-patentpolicy">PUB33</a>]. A Candidate Recommendation under this process corresponds to the "Last Call Working
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              Draft" discussed in the Patent Policy.</li>
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          </ul>
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        </dd>
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        <dd><strong>Note:</strong> Candidate Recommendations are expected to be acceptable as Recommendations. Announcement of a different
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          next step <em class="rfc2119">should</em> include the reasons why the change in expectations comes at so late a stage.</dd>
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        <dt id="RecsPR">Proposed Recommendation</dt>
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        <dd>A Proposed Recommendation is a document that has been accepted by the W3C Director as of sufficient quality to become a W3C
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          Recommendation. This phase establishes a deadline for the Advisory Committee review which begins with Candidate Recommendation.
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          Substantive changes <em class="rfc2119">must</em> not be made to a Proposed Recommendation except by publishing a new Working
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          Draft or Candidate Recommendation.</dd>
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        <dt id="RecsW3C">W3C Recommendation (REC)</dt>
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        <dd>A W3C Recommendation is a specification or set of guidelines or requirements that, after extensive consensus-building, has
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          received the endorsement of W3C Members and the Director. W3C recommends the wide deployment of its Recommendations as standards
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          for the Web. The W3C Royalty-Free IPR licenses granted under the Patent Policy apply to W3C Recommendations.</dd>
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        <dt id="WGNote">Working Group Note, Interest Group Note (NOTE) </dt>
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        <dd>A Working Group Note or Interest Group Note is published by a chartered Working Group or Interest Group to provide a stable
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          reference for a useful document that is not intended to be a formal standard, or to document work that was abandoned without
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          producing a Recommendation.</dd>
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        <dt id="RescindedRec">Rescinded Recommendation</dt>
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        <dd>A Rescinded Recommendation is an entire Recommendation that W3C no longer endorses. See also clause 10 of the licensing
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          requirements for W3C Recommendations in <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy#sec-Requirements">section 5</a> of
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          the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy">W3C Patent Policy</a> [<a href="#ref-patentpolicy">PUB33</a>].</dd>
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      </dl>
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      <p>Working Groups and Interest Groups <em class="rfc2119">may</em> make available "Editor's drafts". Editor's drafts have no official
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        standing whatsoever, and do not necessarily imply consensus of a Working Group or Interest Group, nor are their contents endorsed in
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        any way by W3C.</p>
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