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Subject: Re: [xcbf] Chair and Editorhould

I appreciate the suggestion and offer.  However, my work requirements 
would not allow me to take on the chairmanship.

Thank you.
John Larmouth wrote:

> Now that Phil has confirmed that he really *is* resigning, I believe 
> we need to think for a momenent about what we want from a new Chair 
> and Editor.
> I think the primary requirement for the Chair is someone who will take 
> full account of the views of the membership of the TC, and produce  
> the technical direction needed for a consensus document to be produced 
> with zero NO votes (and will not ballot until that consensus is 
> reasonably well secured).
> I am not going to critise Phil (OK, so I am!) but we have rushed into 
> too many votes before there was a consensus.
> I believe the only real requirement for the Editor is someone that is 
> prepared to do the editing work, and understands that text has to be 
> unambiguous, and consistent with standards it references.  (The Chair 
> has to play a part in that as well, but the Editor should play a 
> controlling roll here.)
> Knowledge of OASIS procedures is also very desirable for the Chair. 
> Less important for the Editor.  In neither case do I see technical 
> knowledge (except in broad terms) of the area as important. That 
> should be provided by the membership, and if Phil remains a member, he 
> will surely provide such input.  Both the Chair and Editor roles are 
> supportive and facilitating for the work - or should be.  (It would be 
> better for Phil and everyone else if Phil provided his technical input 
> as a member of the TC, not as the Chair and Editor.  But I do not need 
> to make that point, Phil has already resigned from both posts.)
> As a purely personal view (and I have not spoken to Monica - sorry 
> Monica!), I think that Monica would fit ths spec for a Chair, if she 
> is willing to do it.  (I knmow she is involved in many other groups, 
> and may feel she does not have the time, but here involvement in other 
> related groups also very much strengthens here as a candidate for the 
> Chair.)
> I have already nominated Paul Thorpe for the Editor post.  I am 
> absolutely sere he would do an excellent job, and would fully support 
> whoever is appointed as the Chair.
> **** I am sure this is not the right way to do nominations in formal 
> terms, but consensus is better than formal procedures. ****  Comments 
> are invited.
> I also believe that further meetings of the group before the new Chair 
> (and perhapas also the Editor) are appointed would nbot be a good idea 
> - other than to discuss the criteria we want for selecting a Chair and 
> Editor.
> Enough for now!!!!
> John L

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