Volume 11, Issue 71; 09 Dec 2008; last modified 08 Oct 2010

I've been an elected member of the W3C Technical Architecture Group for eight years. I've had a wonderful time and I hope that I've contributed in useful ways, but I feel like it's time to step aside, at least for a little while.

We navigate our whole lives using words. Change and improve the words and I believe we can change and improve life.

I'm not articulate enough to express how privileged and honored I feel to have been elected to participate in the TAG these past eight years. They have been seriously good times.

I wrestled with my conscience long and hard before deciding not to run againAnd, lest anyone imagine otherwise, let me say explicitly that this is my decision. My manager made it very clear that he would support, perhaps hoped to support, my nomination if I wanted to run again., at least not this year. It's a great gig. The problems are interesting, and sometimes hard. The participants are smart, articulate, and always interesting. It's a lot of work: good, enjoyable work.

But it is a lot of work. I don't feel like I've kept my end up, if I'm being honest, these past few months. Ramping up in a new job takes a lot of cycles. Getting a spec to Recommendation takes a lot of cycles. And there are only so many cycles available.

If I can't bring my “A” game, I think the responsible thing to do is sit on the bench for a bit. I'm not swearing I'll never run again, I'm just going to sit this season out (to continue the sports metaphor).

The TAG still has important work to do, and I wish them my very best. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go make sure I get a good seat in the peanut gallery.


I'd say thanks for all your great work and stuff like that, but that would involve getting past denial...

—Posted by Dan Connolly on 11 Dec 2008 @ 05:37 UTC #

Norm... it's been a blast and you've made huge contributions to the work of the group over time. Given the unbalanced closing TAG of the title, I think that you should have gone as far as adding an endDate attribute just for fun :-)

—Posted by Stuart Williams on 11 Dec 2008 @ 08:09 UTC #