It's attractive to think that design can (or should) happen within a formal Working Group. A well-functioning WG should include both developers and implementers, after all. Those groups often have face-to-face meetings, and the path toward standardisation is shortest in those venues! But it doesn't work; not often enough to be useful, anyway.
The web standards process fails us too often. This series explores the forces at work, how we're improving the situation, and how you can shape new features more effectively.