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RE: Is longdesc a good solution?

From: Justin James <j_james@mindspring.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2008 21:54:54 -0400
To: "'Laura Carlson'" <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>, "'Lachlan Hunt'" <lachlan.hunt@lachy.id.au>
Cc: <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <12be01c9108c$b91b9bf0$2b52d3d0$@com>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: public-html-request@w3.org [mailto:public-html-request@w3.org] On
> Behalf Of Laura Carlson
> Sent: Saturday, September 06, 2008 8:22 AM
> To: Lachlan Hunt
> Cc: public-html@w3.org; W3C WAI-XTECH
> Subject: Re: Is longdesc a good solution?
> Hi Lachlan,
> > [snip - more excuses to avoid doing real work]
> Many of us have done real work on issues like @headers, @alt, @summary,
> including but not limited to:
> - Attending teleconferences
> - Participating in discussions on list and at teleconferences
> - Defining and tracking issues
> - Gathering information
> - Providing rationale
> - Seeking PF's advice
> - Researching and testing
> - Fulfilling actions
> - Posting results to the list
> So far it has all been discounted by the editor. With the current
> situation it seems likely more research is a fool's errand.

It seems that a large number of people feel that their feedback is not being given proper consideration by Ian regarding this issue. Last week, in response to a query I made regarding the copyright of the draft, Ian responded with:

"The W3C copy of the spec is copyrighted by the W3C. You were looking at the WHATWG copy, which is covered by a more permissive license to allow, amongst other things, for spec text to be used verbatim by tools. It also allows for development of the spec to fork easily in case we start doing a bad job, putting pressure on us not to screw up." [1]

I think that at this juncture, it may not be a bad idea for someone to take Ian up on this offer as it were, take the current draft, make the changes that they feel are appropriate, and either offer it back to this group, or to offer it to the world as a variant of HTML. I think that if done correctly (such as continuously remerging with this group's formal efforts so that it acted as a superset of HTML 5 and or a stricter HTML 5), that such an endeavor could be quite beneficial both to the HTML authoring community, but also to this group to see what the desired changes would look like within the context of the greater spec.

1: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2008Sep/0032.html

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