There also seems to be discord among the members and contributors of the working group. Jeff Croft brings up the point that none of the W3C team members are working developers. Does this mean that there is a communication gap between the specification makers and the followers?
There seems to be resentment over the slow pace of progress. Jeffrey Zeldman has replied with why the slow pace is good. Clearly there seems to be either miscommunication or a difference in the perception. Or as Aristotle Pagaltzis says that some of us have got too used to the chaos and confusion to actually see it.
I am not a key member of any of the working groups, but I am a developer, member of the mailing lists and forums, and I care about the standards. I have also contributed to the feeling that W3C is moving too slow, especially about the future of markup. And as Jeff Croft has raised the point, with the other solutions like the runtimes are going at good pace, the markup can get hurt. Overall I think there is either a lack of communication from the working groups to the community, or there is a huge difference in the perception which is creating uncertainty about the future. Whatever it is, the office and the field need to keep each other updated and involved.
Hopefully this to-and-fro will bring out good. Meanwhile, as a keen standards supporter I will follow and contribute whenever I can.