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Re: WAI-ACT Clarification

From: Alistair Garrison <alistair.j.garrison@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 16:50:15 +0100
Cc: Michael Cooper <cooper@w3.org>
Message-Id: <8404BD06-4AC5-47A8-A4A4-F5FEFF7F89A8@gmail.com>
To: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>, Eval TF <public-wai-evaltf@w3.org>
Hi Shadi, All, 

From what you said, and from the Eval TF objective described in the work statement it is apparent that the Eval TF was created in order to provide one of the deliverables in a funded European project - WAI-ACT.  

From my point of view it would have been nice to have known this fact from the very start - as it does make you feel a bit like you are self-funding work on someone else's European funded project....  

It also places in context a number of discussions had on the list - and links together a number of people who share the same/similar view point.  Although, until today, I did not realise that the significant relationship was funded WAI-ACT project membership... 

I strongly support the choice of the W3C to run the 'open, consensus-based process' which will be used to provide the deliverable. 

Having re-read the "General Policies for W3C Groups" (http://www.w3.org/2005/10/Process-20051014/policies), my worry is the effect on the W3C process of a possible over-representation in a WG TF by members of a single project (the WAI-ACT project)...   

Your thoughts / comments on this matter would be welcomed...

All the best


On 13 Feb 2012, at 13:52, Shadi Abou-Zahra wrote:

> Hi Alistair,
> You are not misinterpreting, both aspects are correct.
> Eval TF is a sub-group of WCAG WG and ERT WG, as per the W3C Process. This is all described in the Eval TF Work Statement:
> - <http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/2011/eval/eval-ws>
> The deliverables of the WAI-ACT Project are all carried out through W3C/WAI Working Groups to ensure an open, consensus-based process and to maximize involvement by international participants. In a way, the WAI-ACT Project funds the Eval TF Facilitator and Editor (Eric) and Staff Contact (myself), and enables this work to happen.
> Thanks for seeking clarification, please let me know if you have any further questions.
> Regards,
>  Shadi
> On 13.2.2012 13:34, Alistair Garrison wrote:
>> Dear Shadi, All...
>> Reading the telecon transcript I noticed mention of the WAI-ACT project - a European funded project - to which I see several people in our Eval TF belong as members, including our Chair (http://www.w3.org/WAI/ACT/#staff).
>> Reading more about this project I see that the work we all are doing in the Eval TF is seemingly listed as one of its deliverables (http://www.w3.org/WAI/ACT/deliverables#methodology).
>> Until reading this I had been under the clear impression that the Eval TF was set up as a WCAG 2.0 WG TF, rather than for some other purpose...
>> Please could you clarify the situation, and correct me if I have misinterpreted something...
>> Very best regards
>> Alistair Garrison
> -- 
> 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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