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Re: Research needs tracking

From: Robert Burns <rob@robburns.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 03:20:57 -0500
Message-Id: <9A98394F-69A0-42C8-95BB-9EA5D1306AD1@robburns.com>
Cc: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
To: Robert Burns <rob@robburns.com>

As an example of members who may be able to help with the research I  
want to highlight and again thank Josh for offering to do user- 
accessibility testing, if that need arises.

Also I meant to include th link to the new research tracking wiki page 

Take care,

[1]: <http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2007Jul/1059.html>
[2]: <http://esw.w3.org/topic/HTML/ResearchNeeds>

original message:
On Aug 14, 2007, at 3:05 AM, Robert Burns wrote:

> Hello all,
> Often times, our discussions uncover certain research needs where  
> the draft would benefit greatly from understanding a topic better.  
> In order to facilitate that  process, I started a new page just for  
> tracking research needs. Especially since many members may have  
> easier access to research resources than other members (even simply  
> when member A has access to user agent X and member B does not).
> So if a thread leads to the question of research please add the  
> item to the research list (unless the research can be completed  
> quickly and easily by the participants in the discussion). Research  
> items should be very specific. There's been a tendency on the list  
> to simply say we need research, without considering precisely what  
> research is needed. So when adding items to the list be sure to  
> consider 1) what is the precise question that needs an answer; 2)  
> what results the member is looking to find;  and 3) what particular  
> measurements or thresholds would support adding features or  
> removing features.
> I also added the concept of low priority research and high priority  
> research. Low priority  research is simply research that does not  
> address a specific need with respect to an feature addition or  
> removal that has garnered  consensus in the WG. High priority   
> needs have already reached a general consensus and the proposed  
> research item may be pivotal in making a final decision.
> I've included one simple example that arose over the last week. The  
> item got requested and completed without this mechanism, but other  
> items may be more difficult.
> So if you find yourself or someone else saying we need research,  
> consider putting that immediately onto the research items list.  
> Other members may be able to help out.
> Take care,
> Rob
Received on Tuesday, 14 August 2007 08:34:58 UTC

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