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Re: proposed definition for "website"

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 03 Feb 2012 16:40:11 +0100
Message-ID: <4F2BFFDB.9030404@w3.org>
To: "Boland Jr, Frederick E." <frederick.boland@nist.gov>
CC: Eval TF <public-wai-evaltf@w3.org>
Good points, Tim!

Looking at the term defined by "Web Characterization Terminology & 
Definitions Sheet (WCA)":

1. It is only a working draft (since 1999), so not a formal definition;
2. The concept of "host page" conflicts with the proposed definition.

Alternately we could consider this WCA draft definition of a "website" 
and create a definition for "sub-site". I was actually considering that 
while drafting the definition proposal. Happy to hear other thoughts!


On 3.2.2012 16:27, Boland Jr, Frederick E. wrote:
> If we're extending the definition, maybe need to document rationale?
> Please visit:
> http://www.w3.org/TR/qaframe-spec/#reuse-terms-gp
> and
> http://www.w3.org/2003/glossary/keyword/All/web%20site.html?keywords=web%20site
> Thanks and best wishes
> Tim Boland
> PS - don't know if there are any other definitions of "website" floating around W3C?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vivienne CONWAY [mailto:v.conway@ecu.edu.au]
> Sent: Friday, February 03, 2012 7:55 AM
> To: Shadi Abou-Zahra; Eval TF
> Subject: RE: proposed definition for "website"
> HI Shadi
> I think you've done marvellously (is that a word?) and really captured the essence of our discussion.
> Regards
> Vivienne L. Conway, B.IT(Hons), MACS CT
> PhD Candidate&  Sessional Lecturer, Edith Cowan University, Perth, W.A.
> Director, Web Key IT Pty Ltd.
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> From: Shadi Abou-Zahra [shadi@w3.org]
> Sent: Friday, 3 February 2012 8:38 PM
> To: Eval TF
> Subject: proposed definition for "website"
> Dear Eval TF,
> Yesterday I took an action to propose a new definition for "website" *in
> the context of this document*. Currently the document says:
> [[ http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/methodology/#website
> Website - A coherent collection of one or more related web pages that
> together provide common use or functionality. It includes static web
> pages, dynamically generated web pages, and web applications.
> ]]
> I propose we add the following text to this definition:
> [[
> Websites are generally self-enclosed entities with key resources such as
> a homepage, login page, or other entry pages; help pages; sitemap; and
> contact information. Web pages within a website typically have a common
> design ("look and feel") and navigational structures. Examples of
> websites in the context of this document include:
>    - Self-enclosed web appearances owned or provided by organizations;
>    - Self-enclosed sections of websites (sometimes referred to as
> "sub-sites"), such as these of departments within organizations;
>    - Self-enclosed web applications and other web-based products.
> Arbitrary selections of individual web pages, especially those that do
> not include complete processes, are not regarded as websites.
> Note: Selections of individual web pages that are not regarded as
> websites may claim conformance to WCAG, but the evaluation of such
> collections is outside the scope of this methodology.
> ]]
> Looking forward to your reactions!
> Best,
>     Shadi
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Shadi Abou-Zahra - http://www.w3.org/People/shadi/
Activity Lead, W3C/WAI International Program Office
Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG)
Research and Development Working Group (RDWG)
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