[MPEG-OTSPEC] near-term OT spec work

David Singer singer at apple.com
Fri Oct 9 02:01:10 CEST 2020

It’ll certainly help at the right time. But I would suggest that until we have worked out the venue question (which may dictate format and style) and how we are going to avoid going from having two font specs (OT and OFF) to three (OT, ISO OFF and something new), it might be premature to get too far.

I agree that both a better spec and a better working node are desirable; but like Djikstra said (“don’t start writing your program until you know what it’s supposed to do”) I am cautious of come-from program (we’re ‘leaving’ the ISO/MPEG way of doign things but don’t know yet where we’ll Go-to).

> On 6Oct, 2020, at 19:27 , fantasai <fantasai.lists at inkedblade.net> wrote:
> On 10/4/20 10:05 PM, Levantovsky, Vladimir wrote:
>> I believe that the spec progress is inconceivable without work first being done internally – this is where new proposals come from (COLRv1 is a good example, and the most recent). Folks don’t come here simply because they woke up one day with a great idea, they internalize it first. And yes, anyone who comes here with a proposal that is rooted in the work done internally makes a valuable contribution to this joint effort and potentially benefits from having their ideas reviewed in discussed by this community of experts.
> CSSWG conducts its technical work in the public. Both our official and unofficial drafts are public, and the discussions leading to many of the proposals (though not all) and certainly the discussions following up on such proposals are also public. You yourself have participated in the CSSWG, I'm not sure why you consider that "spec progress is inconceivable without work first being done internally".
> I think the biggest problem here is that there is no public draft that you can all work together on. All you have is Peter's work on the MSOT spec. If you had a public working draft of OFF, it would allow others to review and draft text and have a shared understanding of the current state of the AHG's proposed updates to the OFF specification.
> In the absence of such a shared draft, the best this community can do is work off Peter's MSOT draft. I don't think this is an ideal solution, but until there is a public working draft of OFF, it is the best one you have.
> ~fantasai
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Dave Singer
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