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Re: Promised a blog post re: experiences at TPAC

From: Karen Myers <karen@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:30:41 -0500
Cc: "DPUB mailing list (public-digipub-ig@w3.org)" <public-digipub-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <26F44733-6258-4424-8265-B67986F1A50F@w3.org>
To: "Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor)" <rse@rfc-editor.org>
Hi Heather,

This is wonderful!  Let's post it!

Karen

On Nov 16, 2015, at 12:47 PM, "Heather Flanagan (RFC Series Editor)" <rse@rfc-editor.org> wrote:

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> (I would have just sent this to the chairs and to Ivan, but I recall that we're STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to send more to the list to see if it generates discussion, so....)
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> I took an action item at the TPAC f2f to draft a blog post. I don't know if this is quite what you're looking for, but here's what I drafted up. Feel free to edit, post, or toss as you feel appropriate.
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> While Iíve been involved in Internet standards development for several years, this was my first W3C TPAC meeting. The DPUB IG was the primary reason I attended, but I came in a day early to experience the plenary day and to see about meeting participants in other groups, particularly the internationalization and CSS crowd. The time spent was well worth the price of admittance!
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> The plenary day started with a panel session featuring Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf, and Jun Murai, with moderation provided by Jeff Jaffe. After that lively session, where we learned more about the experiment that escaped into the wild to become todayís Internet, the unconference agenda building happened. If youíve ever been to an unconference, youíll understand the controlled chaos of that process. Many people, one whiteboard, a thousand ideas, all trying to break the laws of physics by being in the same place at the same time.
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> One of the breakout sessions, the EPUB Zero discussion <https://www.w3.org/wiki/TPAC/2015/SessionIdeas#EPUB_Zero> brought to us by Dave Cramer, was standing room only, with the number of bodies quickly triumphing over local air conditioning. The goal was to brainstorm what the next generation of EPUB might look like if we started from a green field. The group focused on the ongoing need for a manifest or some navigation feature to help organize online and offline viewing, as well as building in necessary accessibility features, and having a rich set of metadata to help establish provenance and aid in archiving the material (as in with a digital library service).
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> All that was just one session. The DPUB IG met for two more days, including some crossover with the CSS WG and ARIA. The notes are available online (<http://www.w3.org/2015/10/28-dpub-minutes.html> and <http://www.w3.org/2015/10/29-dpub-minutes.html>). As is often the case with intense face-to-face meetings like this one, we were able to cover more ground than in our conference calls, and the conversation was richer for having other subject matter experts from different groups come in to offer (and receive) feedback on the work at hand. I definitely appreciated being able to put faces to the IRC handles Iíve been seeing for the last few months!
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> All in all, this was a mind-filling experience. The opportunity to spend multiple days on topics of interest was satisfying (and exhausting), and I was impressed that participants stayed collegial and focused on the best end results possible, even in the face of disagreements. The DPUB IG has quite a bit more work ahead of us, as we try to help the W3C build an environment that meets the expectations of readers thanks to thousands of years of publishing and typography expectations. Weíre not going to be bored, and we definitely have more fodder for intense sessions like what we had at the W3C TPAC last month.
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