Web Architecture Proposed Recommendation!

Volume 7, Issue 194; 05 Nov 2004; last modified 08 Oct 2010

Architecture of the World Wide Web, First Edition is a W3C Proposed Recommendation.

If you think of standardization as the best that you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow; you get somewhere.

Henry Ford

The principle work product of the W3C's Technical Architecture Group is Architecture of the World Wide Web, First Edition . That is now a Proposed Recommendation (PR).


PR is the final stop before Recommendation status. Most specifications go through a Candidate Recommendation (CR) phase these days, but we've argued that CR doesn't make much sense for the web architecture document. Demonstrating two independent implementations of the World Wide Web sounds…daunting :-)

There's a lot of work in those 43 pages. No document is perfect, but I'm pretty proud of the work we've done on that one. I hope the community finds it valuable.

As one of the editors, I'm acutely aware of all of the places where I think it could be clearer, where it could be improved, where it might work better to approach one or another aspect from a different direction. But that's always true. Eventually, you just have to let go.

And I have a very personal reason for wanting to see it get to Recommendation this year. (Though not, perhaps, as personal a reason as Dan.) I've been twice elected to the TAG, and my second term expires in January. It's not clear at this time if I'll be seeking nomination again and I'd really like to reach closure on the First Edition.

I've spent three years with roughly a dozen bright, creative, energetic colleagues disagreeing, arguing, agreeing, arguing some more anyway, compromising, redrafting, learning, rethinking, exploring, laughing, eating, drinking (and drinking some more) and playing. I feel tremendously privileged to call them my friends.



—Posted by John Cowan on 06 Nov 2004 @ 05:04 UTC #