Editorial changes to Wide review, based on comments by Jeff Jaffe: http://www.w3.org/mid/[email protected]
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Editorial changes to Wide review, based on comments by Jeff Jaffe: http://www.w3.org/mid/[email protected]
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      <h1 class="title" id="title">Recommendation Track Process, draft proposal</h1>
      <h2 id="w3c-working-draft-20-september-2012"><abbr title="World Wide Web Consortium"></abbr>Editors'
-        Draft 9 July 2013</h2>
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        <dt>Editor:</dt>
        <dd><a href="mailto:[email protected]">Charles (McCathie) Nevile</a>,
          <a href="http://www.yandex.ru">Яндекс</a>—<a href="http://yandex.com">Yandex</a></dd>
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        <a href="http://www.ercim.eu/"><abbr title="European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics">ERCIM</abbr></a>,
        <a href="http://www.keio.ac.jp/">Keio</a>, <a href="http://ev.buaa.edu.cn/">Beihang</a>),
+        Draft 20 July 2013</h2>
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        <dt>Editor:</dt>
        <dd><a href="mailto:[email protected]">Charles (McCathie) Nevile</a>,
          <a href="http://www.yandex.ru">Яндекс</a>—<a href="http://yandex.com">Yandex</a></dd>
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          Patent Policy</a> [<a href="http://www.w3.org/2005/10/Process-20051014/refs.html#ref-patentpolicy">PUB33</a>].</dd>
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    <p class="new">Working Groups and Interest Groups <em class="rfc2119">may</em>
      publish "Editor's drafts". Editor's drafts have no official standing
      whatsoever, and do not imply consensus of a Working Group or Interest
      Group, nor are their contents endorsed in any way by W3C or its members,
      except to the extent that such contents happen to be consistent with some
      other document which carries a higher level of endorsement.</p>
    <h3>7.2 <a name="transition-reqs" id="transition-reqs">General Requirements
        for Advancement on the Recommendation Track</a></h3>
    <p>For <em>all</em> requests to advance a specification to a new maturity
      level other than Note the Working Group:</p>
    <ul>
      <li><em class="rfc2119">must</em> <span class="from">(was in 7.2)</span>
        record the group's decision to request advancement.</li>
      <li><em class="rfc2119">must </em><span class="from">(was repeated in
          maturity levels)</span> obtain Director approval.</li>
      <li><em class="rfc2119 ">must</em> <span class="from">(was in 7.2)</span>
        provide public documentation of all <a href="#substantive-change">substantive
           changes</a> and <a href="#substantive-correction">substantive
          corrections</a> to the technical report since the previous step.</li>
      <li><em class="rfc2119">must</em> <a href="http://www.w3.org/2005/10/Process-20051014/policies.html#formal-address">formally
           address</a> <span class="from">(was in 7.2)</span> all issues raised
        about the document since the previous maturity level.</li>
      <li><em class="rfc2119">must</em> <span class="from">(was in 7.2)</span>
        provide <span class="new">public</span> documentation of any <a href="http://www.w3.org/2005/10/Process-20051014/policies.html#FormalObjection">Formal
-          Objections</a>.</li>
      <li><em class="rfc2119 changed">should</em> <span class="from">(was must
          for CR+ in 7.2)</span> provide public documentation of significant
        editorial changes to the technical report since the previous step.</li>
      <li><em class="rfc2119 changed">should</em> <span class="from">(was must
          for CR+ in 7.2)</span> report which, if any, of the Working Group's
        requirements for this document have changed since the previous step.</li>
      <li><em class="rfc2119 changed">should</em> <span class="from">(was must
          for CR+ in 7.2)</span> report any changes in dependencies with other
        groups.</li>
      <li><em class="rfc2119 changed">should</em> <span class="from">(was must
          for CR+ in 7.2)</span> show evidence of <a href="#wide-review">wide
          review</a>.&nbsp; </li>
    </ul>
    <h4>7.2.1 (<span class="from">from 7.6.2</span>)<a name="correction-classes"
        id="correction-classes">
        Changes to a Specification</a></h4>
    <h4><a name="correction-classes" id="correction-classes"></a></h4>
    <p><span class="issue">These definitions and their use should revert to the
        current version, as resolved in <a href="https://www.w3.org/community/w3process/track/issues/15">ISSUE-15</a></span></p>
    <p>A change that affects conformance is one that: </p>
    <ol>
      <li>turns conforming data, processors, or other conforming agents into
        non-conforming agents, or</li>
      <li>turns non-conforming agents into conforming ones, or</li>
      <li>clears up an ambiguity or under-specified part of the specification in
        such a way that an agent whose conformance was once unclear becomes
        clearly conforming or non-conforming.</li>
    </ol>
    <p><dfn id="substantive-change">Substantive changes</dfn> are changes which
      make a conforming implementation (whether a processor, creatio or
      management too or other agent, or data) non-conforming, or make a
      non-conforming implementation conforming.</p>
    <p><dfn id="substantive-correction">Substantive corrections</dfn> are
      changes which clarify a situation where it is unclear whether an
      implementation is conforming or non-conforming, such that it becomes clear
      that the implementation is either conforming or non-conforming.</p>
    <p><dfn id="editorial-change">Editorial Changes</dfn> are changes to the
      content which do not alter the conformance status of any implementation.</p>
    <h4>7.2.2 <a id="wide-review">Wide Review</a></h4>
    <p>The requirements for wide review are not precisely defined by the
      process. Before approving transitions, the Director will consider who has
      actually reviewed the document and provided comments, particularly in
      light of the listed dependencies, and how the Working Group has solicited
      and responded to review. In particular, the Director is likely to consider
      the record of requests to and responses from groups identified as
      dependencies in the charter, as well as seeking evidence of clear
      communication to the general public about appropriate times and which
      content to review. </p>
    <p>As an example, inviting review of new or significantly revised sections
      published in Heartbeat Working Drafts, and tracking those comments and the
      Working Group's responses, is generally a good practice which would often
      be considered positive evidence of wide review. By contrast a generic
      statement in a document requesting review at any time is likely not to be
      considered as sufficient evidence that the group has solicited wide
      review. </p>
    <p>A Working Group could present evidence that wide review has been
      received, irrespective of solicitation. But it is important to note that
      many detailed reviews is not necessarily the same as wide review, since it
      may only represent comment from a small segment of the relevant
      stakeholder community.</p>
    <h3>7.3 <a name="doc-reviews" id="doc-reviews">Reviews and Review
        Responsibilities</a></h3>
    <p>A document is available for review from the moment it is first published.
      Working Groups <em class="rfc2119">should</em> <a href="http://www.w3.org/2005/10/Process-20051014/policies.html#formal-address">formally
+          Objections</a>.</li>
      <li><em class="rfc2119 changed">should</em> <span class="from">(was must
          for CR+ in 7.2)</span> provide public documentation of significant
        editorial changes to the technical report since the previous step.</li>
      <li><em class="rfc2119 changed">should</em> <span class="from">(was must
          for CR+ in 7.2)</span> report which, if any, of the Working Group's
        requirements for this document have changed since the previous step.</li>
      <li><em class="rfc2119 changed">should</em> <span class="from">(was must
          for CR+ in 7.2)</span> report any changes in dependencies with other
        groups.</li>
      <li><em class="rfc2119 changed">should</em> <span class="from">(was must
          for CR+ in 7.2)</span> show evidence of <a href="#wide-review">wide
          review</a>.&nbsp; </li>
    </ul>
    <h4>7.2.1 (<span class="from">from 7.6.2</span>)<a name="correction-classes"
        id="correction-classes">
        Changes to a Specification</a></h4>
    <h4><a name="correction-classes" id="correction-classes"></a></h4>
    <p><span class="issue">These definitions and their use should revert to the
        current version, as resolved in <a href="https://www.w3.org/community/w3process/track/issues/15">ISSUE-15</a></span></p>
    <p>A change that affects conformance is one that: </p>
    <ol>
      <li>turns conforming data, processors, or other conforming agents into
        non-conforming agents, or</li>
      <li>turns non-conforming agents into conforming ones, or</li>
      <li>clears up an ambiguity or under-specified part of the specification in
        such a way that an agent whose conformance was once unclear becomes
        clearly conforming or non-conforming.</li>
    </ol>
    <p><dfn id="substantive-change">Substantive changes</dfn> are changes which
      make a conforming implementation (whether a processor, creatio or
      management too or other agent, or data) non-conforming, or make a
      non-conforming implementation conforming.</p>
    <p><dfn id="substantive-correction">Substantive corrections</dfn> are
      changes which clarify a situation where it is unclear whether an
      implementation is conforming or non-conforming, such that it becomes clear
      that the implementation is either conforming or non-conforming.</p>
    <p><dfn id="editorial-change">Editorial Changes</dfn> are changes to the
      content which do not alter the conformance status of any implementation.</p>
    <h4>7.2.2 <a id="wide-review">Wide Review</a></h4>
    <p>The requirements for wide review are not precisely defined by the
      process. The objective is to ensure that the entire set of stakeholders of
      the Web community, including the general public, have had adequate notice
      of the progress of the Working Group and thereby an opportunity to comment
      on the specification. Before approving transitions, the Director will
      consider who has actually reviewed the document and provided comments,
      particularly in light of the listed dependencies, and how the Working
      Group has solicited and responded to review. In particular, the Director
      is likely to consider the record of requests to and responses from groups
      identified as dependencies in the charter, as well as seeking evidence of
      clear communication to the general public about appropriate times and
      which content to review. </p>
    <p>As an example, inviting review of new or significantly revised sections
      published in Heartbeat Working Drafts, and tracking those comments and the
      Working Group's responses, is generally a good practice which would often
      be considered positive evidence of wide review. Many Working Groups make a
      specific announcement that they propose to enter Last Call in e.g.
      approximately four weeks, to other W3C Working Groups as well as the
      general public. By contrast a generic statement in a document requesting
      review at any time is likely not to be considered as sufficient evidence
      that the group has solicited wide review. </p>
    <p>A Working Group could present evidence that wide review has been
      received, irrespective of solicitation. But it is important to note that
      receiving many detailed reviews is not necessarily the same as wide
      review, since they may only represent comment from a small segment of the
      relevant stakeholder community.</p>
    <h3>7.3 <a name="doc-reviews" id="doc-reviews">Reviews and Review
        Responsibilities</a></h3>
    <p>A document is available for review from the moment it is first published.
      Working Groups <em class="rfc2119">should</em> <a href="http://www.w3.org/2005/10/Process-20051014/policies.html#formal-address">formally
         address</a> <em>any</em> substantive review comment about a technical
      report in a timely manner. </p>
    Reviewers <em class="rfc2119">should</em> send substantive technical
    reviews as early as possible. Working Groups <span class="from">(was
      should)</span> are often reluctant to make <a href="#substantive-change">substantive
       changes</a> to a mature document, <span class="new">particularly if this
      would cause significant compatibility problems due to existing
      implementation</span>. Worthy ideas <em class="rfc2119">should</em> be
    recorded even when not incorporated into a mature document.
    <h3>7.4 <a name="rec-advance" id="rec-advance">Advancing a Technical Report
        to Recommendation</a></h3>
    <p>W3C follows these steps when advancing a technical report to
      Recommendation.</p>
    <ol>
      <li><a href="#first-wd">Publication of the First Public Working Draft</a>,</li>
      <li><a href="#hb-wd">Publication of zero or more "Heartbeat" Public
          Working Drafts</a>.</li>
      <li><a href="#last-call">Publication of a Last Call Candidate
          Recommendation</a>.</li>
      <li><a href="#rec-publication">Publication as a Recommendation</a>.</li>
    </ol>
    <p>W3C <em class="rfc2119">may</em> <a href="#tr-end">end work on a
        technical report</a> at any time.</p>
    <p>The director <em class="rfc2119">may</em> refuse permission to advance
      in maturity level, requiring a Working Group to conduct further work, and
      <em class="rfc2119">may</em> require the specification to return to a
      lower <a href="#maturity-level">maturity level</a>. The Director <em class="rfc2119">must</em>
      <span class="from">(was in 7.4.6)</span> inform the <a href="http://www.w3.org/2005/10/Process-20051014/organization.html#AC">Advisory
         Committee</a> and group Chairs when a technical report has been refused
      permission to advance in maturity level and returned to a Working Group
      for further work.</p>
    <h4>7.4.1.a <a name="first-wd" id="first-wd">First Public Working Draft</a>
    </h4>
    <p>To publish a First Public Working draft, in addition to the general
      requirements for advancement a Working Group</p>
    <ul>
      <li> <em class="rfc2119">should</em> document the extent of consensus on
        the content, and outstanding issues on which the Working Group does not
        have consensus.</li>
      <li> <em class="rfc2119">may</em> request publication of a Working Draft
        even if it is unstable and does not meet all Working Group requirements.</li>
    </ul>
    <p>The Director <em class="rfc2119">must</em> announce the publication of a
      First Public Working Draft publication to other W3C groups and to the
      public. </p>
    <p> This publication triggers a patent disclosure request, as per <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy#sec-disclosure-requests">section