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Re: eGov IG - recruiting for Editorial Board

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2009 10:49:27 -0500
Message-ID: <4A37BF07.6070600@w3.org>
To: public-egov-ig@w3.org
CC: Sharron Rush <srush@knowbility.org>, Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>, "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
Hi Rachel,

We are excited to see that you are recruiting for an Editorial Board for eGov IG documents. I know a couple of people who might be interested. However, I'm not sure of their availability to respond by tomorrow. I hope it is OK if it takes a little longer for them to respond.

RE: "Our first project is to polish the current Group Note, and the deadline for completion is July 8."

It is very good news that you are continuing to edit the Note "Improving Access to Government through Better Use of the Web"[1]. As you may recall, EOWG requested to review an edited version before publication. May we suggest that you consider approaching it as more than "polishing", as we think significant reorganization and editing is needed.

Is there a reason for an 8 July deadline? Given current schedules, it seems unlikely that an edited version can be reviewed by the eGov IG, EOWG, and others in that timeframe. We hope it is possible to have a more flexible schedule for this version.

We look forward to your continued work in this important area.

Regards,
~Shawn, EOWG Chair

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/egov-improving/

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Shawn Lawton Henry
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
e-mail: shawn@w3.org
phone: +1.617.395.7664
about: http://www.w3.org/People/Shawn/



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eGov IG members,
As you know, the W3C eGov IG is a bit different from other W3C groups, in that the work we do is intended to reach both technical and non-technical audiences.  One of our goals is to serve as a bridge between these two groups, so the non-technical people can understand the importance of the technical standards developed by the W3C, and act upon them accordingly.

To help bridge that gap, at today's meeting it was decided that we would establish an Editorial Board.  The goals of the Editorial Board are to:

- ensure each document published by our Group is written in language tailored to the intended audience;
- edit for clarity the documents that our Group publishes; and
- develop/polish a Plain Language "executive summary" for each document.

>From this point forward, anything the Group intends to publish will first go to the Editorial Board for review and editing before it is submitted for publication.

Our first project is to polish the current Group Note, and the deadline for completion is July 8.  If you are an experienced writer/editor, we need your help!

If you would like to be a part of the Editorial Board, please contact me by next Wednesday, June 17 at rachel.flagg@hud.gov<mailto:rachel.flagg@hud.gov>.

Thanks!
-Rachel

Rachel Flagg
Web Content Manager
   and Co-Chair, Federal Web Managers Council
Government Web Best Practices Team (on detail)
Office of Citizen Services
U.S. General Services Administration
rachel.flagg@hud.gov<mailto:rachel.flagg@hud.gov>
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