Thursday, 4 June 2009

Last day at IBM

After a long stint I have finally got to my last day working for IBM. I thought this would be a peaceful week but there were a couple of things I really wanted to get done before I left.

Most of my work in recent years has been in Standards and until today chaired two Working Groups in the W3C. Today the Candidate Recommendation of SOAP over Java Message Service 1.0 was published. This has taken much longer that I would have hoped but it is nonetheless a milestone and I wish the Working Group success in getting through the last stages and arriving at a Recommendation.

Unfortunately I have not been able to get the XHTML2 Working Group to such a neat point. I had hoped that we could clear up all the XHTML 1.n family specifications before I left but we failed to follow the process correctly and W3C rescinded Four Proposed Edited Recommendations for XHTML Documents. The problems are being addressed and I'm sure that the documents will eventually be published but I am disappointed that we messed up.