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    21       <h1>Proposed World Wide Web Consortium Process Document</h1>
    21       <h1>World Wide Web Consortium Process Document Editor's Draft</h1>
    22       <h2 class="notoc">Proposed Process 28 April 2015</h2>
    22       <h2 class="notoc">1 September 2015</h2>
    23       <dl>
    23       <dl>
    24         <dt>This version - permanent URI:</dt>
    24         <dt>This version - permanent URI:</dt>
    25         <dd><a href="http://www.w3.org/2015/04/Process-20150428/">http://www.w3.org/2015/04/Process-20150428/</a></dd>
    25         <dd><a href="http://www.w3.org/2015/Process-20150901/">http://www.w3.org/2015/Process-20150901/</a></dd>
    26         <dt>Latest Editor's version:</dt>
    26         <dt>Latest Editor's version:</dt>
    27         <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>
    27         <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>
    28         <dt>Latest operative version:</dt>
    28         <dt>Latest operative version:</dt>
    29         <dd><a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Process/">http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Process/</a> (<a href="diff-20140801">diffs</a>)</dd>
    29         <dd><a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Process/">http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Process/</a></dd>
    30         <dt>Previous version:</dt>
    30         <dt>Previous operative version:</dt>
    31 	<dd><a href="https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/AB/raw-file/68f2be460152/cover.html"
    31 	<dd><a href="http://www.w3.org/2014/Process-20140801/"
    32 	       >3 March 2015</a></dd>
    32 	       >1 August 2014 Process</a></dd>
    33         <dt>Editor:</dt>
    33         <dt>Editor:</dt>
    34         <dd>Charles McCathie Nevile, <a style="color:black" href="http://yandex.com"><span style="color: red;">Y</span>andex</a>—<a style="color:black"
    34         <dd>Charles McCathie Nevile, <a style="color:black" href="http://yandex.com"><span style="color: red;">Y</span>andex</a>—<a style="color:black"
    35             href="http://yandex.ru"><span style="color: red;">Я</span>ндекс</a></dd>
    35             href="http://yandex.ru"><span style="color: red;">Я</span>ндекс</a></dd>
    36         <dt>Previous editor:</dt>
    36         <dt>Previous editor:</dt>
    37         <dd>Ian Jacobs, <a href="http://www.w3.org/">W3C</a></dd>
    37         <dd>Ian Jacobs, <a href="http://www.w3.org/">W3C</a></dd>
    40         (<a href="http://www.csail.mit.edu/"><abbr title="Massachusetts Institute of Technology">MIT</abbr></a>, <a href="http://www.ercim.eu/"><abbr
    40         (<a href="http://www.csail.mit.edu/"><abbr title="Massachusetts Institute of Technology">MIT</abbr></a>, <a href="http://www.ercim.eu/"><abbr
    41             title="European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics">ERCIM</abbr></a>, <a href="http://www.keio.ac.jp/">Keio</a>,
    41             title="European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics">ERCIM</abbr></a>, <a href="http://www.keio.ac.jp/">Keio</a>,
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    48     <h2 class="notoc"><a id="abstract">Abstract</a></h2>
    47     <h2 class="notoc"><a id="abstract">Abstract</a></h2>
    49     <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
    48     <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
    50       common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. The W3C Process Document describes the organizational
    49       common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. The W3C Process Document describes the organizational
    51       structure of the W3C and the processes related to the responsibilities and functions they exercise to enable W3C to accomplish its
    50       structure of the W3C and the processes related to the responsibilities and functions they exercise to enable W3C to accomplish its
    52       mission. This document does not describe the internal workings of the Team or W3C's public communication mechanisms.</p>
    51       mission. This document does not describe the internal workings of the Team or W3C's public communication mechanisms.</p>
    53     <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>
    52     <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>
    54       [<a href="#ref-mission">PUB15</a>].</p>
    53       [<a href="#ref-mission">PUB15</a>].</p>
    55     <h2 class="notoc" id="status">Status of this Document</h2>
    54     <h2 class="notoc" id="status">Status of this Document</h2>
    56     <p>W3C, including all existing chartered groups, follows the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Process/">most recent operative
       
    57         Process Document</a> announced to the Membership.</p>
       
    58 
    55 
    59     <p>This draft of the W3C Process Document is presented for
    56     <p>This is the 1 September 2015 W3C Process Document. This
    60     Advisory Committee Review and adoption by the W3C. This document
    57     document was developed between the <a href="/2002/ab/">W3C
    61     has been produced following the W3C Advisory Committee Last Call
    58     Advisory Board</a> and
    62     review of the proposed update to the W3C Process.</p>
    59     the <a href="http://www.w3.org/community/w3process/">Revising W3C
       
    60     Process Community Group</a> and reviewed by the W3C
       
    61     Membership.</p>
    63 
    62 
    64     <p>W3C Advisory Committee Members are invited to send formal
    63     <p>W3C, including all existing chartered groups, follows
    65     review comments to the W3C Team until 28 May 2015 using the
    64     the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Process/">most recent
    66     <a href="https://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/33280/Process201505/">Call
    65     operative Process Document</a> announced to the Membership.</p>
    67     for Review form</a>. To comment, aside from Advisory Committee
    66 
    68     comments, send email to
    67     <p>Please send comments about this document to the
    69     <a href="mailto:public-w3process@w3.org">public-w3process@w3.org</a>
    68     <a href="http://www.w3.org/community/w3process/">Revising W3C
    70     (<a href="http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-w3process">public
    69     Process Community Group</a>
    71     archive</a>) or to
    70     (<a href="http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-w3process">mailing
    72     <a href="mailto:process-issues@w3.org">process-issues@w3.org</a>
    71     list archive</a>, publicly available) or to process-issues@w3.org
    73     (<a href="http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/process-issues">Member-only
    72     (<a href="http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/process-issues">Member-only
    74     archive</a>).</p>
    73     list archive</a>.</p>
    75 
    74 
    76     <p>This document has been produced by the W3C Advisory Board in
    75     <p>The terms <em class="rfc2119">must</em>, <em class="rfc2119">must not</em>,
    77     accordance with Section 12 of the
    76       <em class="rfc2119">should</em>, <em class="rfc2119">should not</em>, <em
    78     <a href="http://www.w3.org/2014/Process-20140801/#GAProcess">current
    77         class="rfc2119">required</em>, and <em class="rfc2119">may</em> are
    79     (2014) W3C Process</a>.  Development of this document is done in
    78       used in accordance with <a href="http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2119.txt">RFC
    80     the Advisory Board's Process Task Force (which anyone may join)
    79         2119</a> [<a href="#ref-RFC2119">RFC2119</a>]. The term <dfn><em class="rfc2119">not
    81     working within the
    80           required</em></dfn> is equivalent to the term <em class="rfc2119">may</em>
    82     <a href="http://www.w3.org/community/w3process/">Revising W3C
    81       as defined in RFC 2119.</p>
    83     Process Community Group</a>.</p>
    82     <p>Some terms have been capitalized in this document (and in other W3C
       
    83       materials) to indicate that they are entities with special relevance to
       
    84       the W3C Process. These terms are defined herein, and readers should be
       
    85       aware that the ordinary (English) definitions are incomplete for purposes
       
    86       of understanding this document.</p>
    84 
    87 
    85     <p>This document is based on the 3 March review draft which was proposed to the Advisory Committee as a "last call" for an update to the
       
    86      <a href="http://www.w3.org/2014/Process-20140801/">1 August 2014 Process</a>.</p>
       
    87     <p>Sections have been renumbered, with the most notable change from the current Operative version being that section numbers 5 and above
       
    88       in this draft correspond to section numbers higher by 1 in the August 2014 Process.</p>
       
    89     <p>In <em>this draft</em> <a href="http://www.w3.org/community/w3process/track/issues/152">ISSUE-152</a> has been resolved, by
       
    90       allowing a Working Group to propose editorial corrections directly as a Proposed Recommendation. A <a href="#changes">change history</a>
       
    91       (compared to the 2014 Process Document) forms part of this draft. A <a href="https://www.w3.org/community/w3process/track/">Public Issue Tracker</a> and <a href="https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/AB/">detailed
       
    92         changelogs</a> are available online.</p>
       
    93     <h2 class="notoc" id="pp">Relation of Process Document to Patent Policy</h2>
    88     <h2 class="notoc" id="pp">Relation of Process Document to Patent Policy</h2>
    94     <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
    89     <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
    95         Agreement</a> [<a href="#ref-member-agreement">PUB6</a>]. The Patent Policy <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy">W3C
    90         Agreement</a> [<a href="#ref-member-agreement">PUB6</a>]. The Patent Policy <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy">W3C
    96         Patent Policy</a> [<a href="#ref-patentpolicy">PUB33</a>] is incorporated by normative reference as a part of the Process Document,
    91         Patent Policy</a> [<a href="#ref-patentpolicy">PUB33</a>] is incorporated by normative reference as a part of the Process Document,
    97       and is thus equally binding.</p>
    92       and is thus equally binding.</p>
    98     <p>The Patent Policy places additional obligations on Members, Team, and other participants in W3C. The Process Document does not
    93     <p>The Patent Policy places additional obligations on Members, Team, and other participants in W3C. The Process Document does not
    99       restate those requirements but includes references to them. The Process Document and Patent Policy have been designed so that they may
    94       restate those requirements but includes references to them. The Process Document and Patent Policy have been designed so that they may
   100       evolve independently.</p>
    95       evolve independently.</p>
   101     <p>In the Process Document, the term "participant" refers to an individual, not an organization.</p>
    96     <p>In the Process Document, the term "participant" refers to an individual, not an organization.</p>
   102     <h2 class=".notoc">Conformance and specialized terms</h2>
    97 
   103     <p>The terms <em class="rfc2119">must</em>, <em class="rfc2119">must not</em>, <em class="rfc2119">should</em>, <em class="rfc2119">should
       
   104         not</em>, <em class="rfc2119">required</em>, and <em class="rfc2119">may</em> are used in accordance with <a href="http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2119.txt">RFC
       
   105         2119</a> [<a href="#ref-RFC2119">RFC2119</a>]. The term <dfn><em class="rfc2119">not required</em></dfn> is equivalent to the term
       
   106       <em class="rfc2119">may</em> as defined in RFC 2119.&nbsp;</p>
       
   107     <p>Some terms have been capitalized in this document (and in other W3C materials) to indicate that they are entities with special
       
   108       relevance to the W3C Process. These terms are defined herein, and readers should be aware that the ordinary (English) definitions are
       
   109       incomplete for purposes of understanding this document.</p>
       
   110     <div class="toc" role="navigation">
    98     <div class="toc" role="navigation">
   111       <h2 class="notoc" id="toc">Table of Contents</h2>
    99       <h2 class="notoc" id="toc">Table of Contents</h2>
   112       <div class="noprint">
   100       <div class="noprint">
   113         <ul class="toc">
   101         <ul class="toc">
   114           <li class="tocline2"><a href="#Intro" class="tocxref">1 Introduction</a></li>
   102           <li class="tocline2"><a href="#Intro" class="tocxref">1 Introduction</a></li>
  2135         Ken Laskey (MITRE), Ora Lassila (Nokia), Håkon Wium Lie (Opera Software), Chris Lilley (W3C), Bede McCall (MITRE), Giri Mandyam
  2123         Ken Laskey (MITRE), Ora Lassila (Nokia), Håkon Wium Lie (Opera Software), Chris Lilley (W3C), Bede McCall (MITRE), Giri Mandyam
  2136         (Qualcomm), Larry Masinter (Adobe Systems), Qiuling Pan (Huawei), TV Raman (Google), Thomas Reardon (Microsoft), Claus von Riegen
  2124         (Qualcomm), Larry Masinter (Adobe Systems), Qiuling Pan (Huawei), TV Raman (Google), Thomas Reardon (Microsoft), Claus von Riegen
  2137         (SAP AG), David Singer (Apple), David Singer (IBM), Ralph Swick (W3C), Anne van Kesteren, Jean-Charles Verdié (MStar), Chris Wilson
  2125         (SAP AG), David Singer (Apple), David Singer (IBM), Ralph Swick (W3C), Anne van Kesteren, Jean-Charles Verdié (MStar), Chris Wilson
  2138         (Google), Lauren Wood (unaffiliated), and Steve Zilles (Adobe Systems).</p>
  2126         (Google), Lauren Wood (unaffiliated), and Steve Zilles (Adobe Systems).</p>
  2139       <h2 id="changes">14 Changes</h2>
  2127       <h2 id="changes">14 Changes</h2>
  2140       <p>This document is based on 1 August 2014 Process. <a href="https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/AB/">Detailed change logs</a> are available.</p>
  2128       <p>This version of the process removes
  2141       <p>The notable changes include:</p>
  2129 	<a id="ActivityProposal"></a>Activities and <a id="CGCreation"></a>
  2142       <h3>Current draft</h3>
  2130 	<a id="GroupsCG"></a><a id="CGParticipation"></a>
       
  2131 	<a id="cgparticipant"></a><a id="CGCharter"></a>Coordination
       
  2132         Groups, removes <a id="good-standing"></a>Good Standing, and
       
  2133         incorporates editorial cleanups primarily to
       
  2134 	<a href="#ReviewAppeal">Chapter 7</a>.
       
  2135         <a href="https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/AB/">Detailed change logs</a>
       
  2136         are available.</p>
       
  2137 
       
  2138       <p>Other notable changes from the <a href="http://www.w3.org/2014/Process-20140801/">1 August 2014 Process Document</a> include:</p>
       
  2139 
  2143       <ul>
  2140       <ul>
  2144         <li>A working group can propose non-substantive editorial corrections directly as a Proposed Recommendation (<a href="http://www.w3.org/community/w3process/track/issues/152">ISSUE-152</a>)</li>
  2141         <li>A working group can propose non-substantive editorial corrections directly as a Proposed Recommendation (<a href="http://www.w3.org/community/w3process/track/issues/152">ISSUE-152</a>)</li>
  2145         <li>Sections above 5 have been renumbered (reduced by one since chapter 5 was removed)</li>
  2142         <li>Sections above 5 have been renumbered (reduced by one since chapter 5 was removed)</li>
  2146         <li>More explicit mention of W3C Horizontal Groups has been made in regards to wide review and dependencies</li>
  2143         <li>More explicit mention of W3C Horizontal Groups has been made in regards to wide review and dependencies</li>
  2147         <li>Various minimal editorial cleanups</li>
  2144 
  2148       </ul>
       
  2149       <h3>3 March "AC last call" draft</h3>
       
  2150       <ul>
       
  2151         <li>The default channel for <a href="#ACReview">AC review</a> has been removed in favor of a requirement for each review to specify
  2145         <li>The default channel for <a href="#ACReview">AC review</a> has been removed in favor of a requirement for each review to specify
  2152           a default (<a href="http://www.w3.org/community/w3process/track/issues/154">ISSUE-154</a>)</li>
  2146           a default (<a href="http://www.w3.org/community/w3process/track/issues/154">ISSUE-154</a>)</li>
  2153         <li>A procedure for <a href="#resignation">resignation</a> from Working and Interest Groups has been provided (<a href="http://www.w3.org/community/w3process/track/issues/151">ISSUE-151</a>)</li>
  2147         <li>A procedure for <a href="#resignation">resignation</a> from Working and Interest Groups has been provided (<a href="http://www.w3.org/community/w3process/track/issues/151">ISSUE-151</a>)</li>
       
  2148         <li>Loosen constraints on multiple employees of a single member being on the TAG</li>
  2154         <li>Editorial cleanups to <a href="#wide-review">7.2.3.1 Wide Review</a></li>
  2149         <li>Editorial cleanups to <a href="#wide-review">7.2.3.1 Wide Review</a></li>
  2155         <li>Editorial Changes to <a href="#errata">7.7.1 Errata Management</a> - <a href="https://www.w3.org/community/w3process/track/issues/141">ISSUE-141</a></li>
  2150         <li>Editorial Changes to <a href="#errata">7.7.1 Errata Management</a> (<a href="https://www.w3.org/community/w3process/track/issues/141">ISSUE-141</a>)</li>
  2156         <li>Remove <a id="GCGCreation" name="CGCreation"></a><a id="GroupsCG" name="GroupsCG"></a> <a id="CGParticipation" name="CGParticipation"></a><a
  2151         <li>Replace "<a id="def-W3CChair"></a>W3C Chair" with "CEO" throughout</li>
  2157             id="cgparticipant" name="cgparticipant"></a> <a id="CGCharter" name="CGCharter"></a>Coordination groups - <a href="https://www.w3.org/community/w3process/track/issues/129">ISSUE-129</a></li>
  2152         <li>Editorial tweaks to what is requested in <a href="#wide-review">7.2.3.1 Wide
  2158         <li>Remove vestigial traces of Good Standing throughout</li>
       
  2159         <li>Loosen constraints on multiple employees of a single member being on TAG - <a href="#AB-TAG-constraints">section 2.5.1</a></li>
       
  2160         <li>Replace "W3C Chair" with "CEO" throughout</li>
       
  2161         <li>Editorial tweaks to what is requested in <a href="file:///Users/chaals/Documents/w3c/AB/cover.html#wide-review">7.2.3.1 Wide
       
  2162             Review</a></li>
  2153             Review</a></li>
  2163         <li>Remove section <span id="three-month-rule">6.2.7 "Heartbeat" publishing requirement, redundant with the first requirement of <a
  2154         <li>Remove section <a id="three-month-rule"></a>6.2.7 "Heartbeat" publishing requirement, redundant with the first requirement of <a
  2164               href="#revised-wd">section 7.3.2</a><br>
  2155               href="#revised-wd">section 6.3.2</a></li>
  2165           </span></li>
  2156         <li>Various minimal editorial cleanups</li>
  2166       </ul>
       
  2167       <h3><a href="https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/AB/raw-file/622235dd5cba/cover.html">30 September "AC intermediate review" draft</a></h3>
       
  2168       <p>Provided to the Advisory Committee to review the following changes made compared to the 1 August 2014 Operative Process document</p>
       
  2169       <ul>
       
  2170         <li>Remove <a id="ActivityProposal">Activities</a> from the Process (as resolved multiple times since 2007)</li>
       
  2171         <li>Remove <a id="good-standing">6.2.1.7</a> Good Standing in a Working Group</li>
       
  2172       </ul>
  2157       </ul>
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