In 2009, the HTML Working Group generated a
number of use cases for a more liberal license for the HTML5
specification than the usual W3C Document License, and submitted these
to the W3C Team. Since then, there have been discussions in the W3C PSIG
(Patents and Standards Interest Group) of how a license might be
designed to enable as many of these use cases as possible, while not
allowing outright forking of the specification. Information from that
discussion, and, in particular, the license text and additional
commentary for three candidate licenses can be found
Since the HTML WG made the original request, at this time, W3C
Management would like feedback on these three licenses. This feedback
will be input to the W3C Advisory Committee and to W3C Management, who
will be responsible for the final decision.
During discussion of the license topic in the HTML WG, Mozilla proposed the use of an alternate Creative Commons (CC0) license.
This survey consists of four separate questions to determine the
position of WG members on each of these four licenses options: the three
candidate licenses from the W3C and the Mozilla proposed CC0 license.