Re: [rtcweb] Microsoft tells W3C and IETF what we are doing no signs of offering real world interoperability

Anant Narayanan <anant@mozilla.com> Wed, 08 August 2012 00:43 UTC

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On 8/7/12 2:57 AM, Tim Panton wrote:
> Ok, the timing is unfortunate, but can you honestly say that we didn't know that this was skype/microsofts opinion? We just chose to ignore it because it was inconvenient.
>
> Now that it is out there, are we seriously going to ignore a document with _those_ authors from a major browser maker and a team with extensive experience in the field jus because it is late!?!?

I absolutely don't want to discount the extensive collective experience 
and knowledge of how RTC works that went behind the document - but I 
have a hard time treating this proposal as coming from a major browser 
vendor. A proposal from the team behind Skype or Lync is different from 
a proposal that comes from the IE team.

In particular, I strongly disagree with the statement that the existing 
proposal does not honor "key web tenets". As ekr wrote in his analysis, 
the web has moved away from a completely stateless model for a while 
now. In fact, PeerConnection is already more low-level than I would have 
preferred, especially when compared to the original proposal from Ian 
Hickson.

I don't fully grasp how the significantly more complex Javascript API 
proposed in the document is actually beneficial to the modern web as a 
whole.

-Anant