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Re: Accessibility Task Force

From: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 16:12:00 -0400
Message-ID: <4AA95D90.40202@intertwingly.net>
To: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
CC: "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>, Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>, Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, Michael Cooper <cooper@w3.org>, Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>, Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>, Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com>, "Michael(tm) Smith (mike@w3.org)" <mike@w3.org>, Cynthia Shelly <cyns@exchange.microsoft.com>
Laura Carlson wrote:
> 
> PFWG's agreement and formal sign off is prudent if we want HTML 5 to
> become a W3C Recommendation without accessibility related formal
> objections.

Paul, Maciej, and I have already discussed this.  That will be sought 
anyway -- independent of whether this Task Force is formed or not.  And 
you correctly point out the implications of us not doing so.

If we accept that as a given, and given that there is agreement on the 
following eight points:

   http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2009Sep/0415.html
   http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2009Sep/0420.html

And given that this is the easiest way to address the patent scope 
issues(*), and given that this task force is probably the best way to 
achieve technical agreement, the hope was that we could simply proceed 
as an HTML Working Group task force.

Yes, the optics are lousy, particularly given past history.  No, it 
wouldn't have been my first choice -- if we had started this several 
months ago.

So the question I would like to put on the table is this: if we can give 
assurances that we will seek PFWG signoff *before* we go to Last Call, 
is that enough to allow this Task Force to be created?

- Sam Ruby

(*) This is the complicated part.  As an absurd example to illustrate 
the point: somebody working in an XML Working Group does not give up 
rights to video APIs simply because some other part of the W3C is 
working on such.
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