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Re: biased surveys and other tricks

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 16:25:09 +0000
Message-ID: <ee0b30dd0901280825g1dd52be9jc9b72775b5a1cedc@mail.gmail.com>
To: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

On Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 4:15 PM, Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com> wrote:
>
>> Is HTML5 mark up spec http://shrinkster.com/13zy useful compared to
>> the fullblown spec http://shrinkster.com/13zz use #html5ml in reply
>
> The survey is biased, because it is asking individuals without
> context to compare the utility of an initial draft of a document,
> against one document that has been under preparation for years,
> and implies that only the former would be produced rather than
> both.
>
> If you were going to do a survey, you might ask something like:
>
> "Would you like the opportunity to review the utility of a
> having a mark up spec (initial draft http://shrinkster.com/13zy )
> as a separate document from a fullblown specification
> such as  http://shrinkster.com/13zz.

In fairness, the wording was probably dictated more by the 140 chars
that Twitter allows than any attempt to bias or mislead. (your revised
version is 217 chars)...

P
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