Re: HTML WG meeting at April IETF meeting

Yuri Rubinsky (
Sat, 4 Feb 95 11:31:11 EST

Roy writes:

> The IETF conference dates are mostly-regular (generally the first week
> of April, August, and December, but this year's Stockholm IETF is
> two weeks early [July 17-21]). The WWW 94 conferences were nicely offset
> from the IETF dates, but both WWW 95 conferences are right next to them
> (WWW IV in Boston is scheduled for the week following the Dallas IETF).
> I am not sure if this was by accident or by purpose, but I do know that
> it's bad planning on the part of the organizers. This is not only
> inconvenient for families -- how many of you want to spend two weeks
> on the road just before the Winter holidays? -- it will also make it
> difficult to get decent airfares and accommodations. And then there's
> the notion of spending December in Boston. :(

It's a little worse than that even: SGML '95 is the week before, and in
Boston too. So if you aren't going to the IETF meeting, but thought you
would attend SGML '95 ...

> Is it too late to move the WWW IV conference back to October or early
> November (where it belongs)? Can the WWW Conference Organizers
> out there please try to avoid this predicament in the future?
We tried very hard to find other places and other times but it is
surprisingly rare to find an accessible hotel with availability at
the dates one wants. We checked as far from Boston as DC, but no
further (since W3O is a co-sponsor and will be acting as the "local
sponsor" of the event), but major conferences really need to book
space a couple of years in advance.

And two years ago it would have been very hard to predict the amount
of space needed in Dec 95 for a WWW conference. In fact, I think it's
still hard to predict how many people will show up for this one.

Note to Stu: I recognize this is not strictly speaking the topic of
this list, but the question was raised ...