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Larry Masinter: When the C++ committee (ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG21) produces a document, are they producing a Technical Specification of the language, or an Applicability Statement on compiler implementation?

The context for the above statement is an argument by Ian Hickson that "Technical Specifications", as you are describing them, are worthless.

James BrittThe consolidation removes this useful competition. This is maybe a plus for folks who prefer Rails, and a gain for people who want to do things the Merb way but can now say they are using Rails. Less useful to people who want to see more distinct options.

The context for the above statement is the fact that Yehuda Katz (of Merb fame) is joining the Rails Core team.

What do Yehuda and Ian have in common in this case?  They are both working on causes they believe in.

Dan Connolly: I also suggest we demote many/most of our OPEN issues to RAISED, and discourage discussion of issues that aren’t OPEN.

The context for the above statement is an Open Issues list where to this day the majority of open items have no actions associated with them, and for those that do have actions, many of the actions are either overdue now, or soon to be so.  If you listen carefully, you might even be able to make out the Whooshing Sounds.

I don’t yet fully know what I can accomplish as co-chair of the HTML working group, but I do intend to approach every raised issue with a disarmingly simple question: Is this something you intend to work on?