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RDWG for Wednesday: Topic 3 Pre-Call

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 15 May 2012 22:14:42 -0500
Message-ID: <4FB31BA2.6000207@w3.org>
To: RDWG <public-wai-rd@w3.org>
  Hi RDWG,

We had talked about announcing the next symposium pre-call right after the mobile CfP deadline, which was last week. Below are open issues for the Topic 3 Pre-Call:
* Relation to Easy-to-Read
* Title
* Timeline/dates
* Scientific Committee
* Paper details
Perhaps we can even agree on what's needed for the pre-call at this week's telecon?

The draft page is at:
http://www.w3.org/WAI/RD/wiki/Text_Customization_Symposium_draft_page
*Please read through that page before Wednesday's teleconference* -- at least skim the intro paragraph, user group, scope, and objectives sections.

* Relation to Easy-to-Read.
Several weeks ago RDWG discussed the possibility of combining Text Customization and Easy to Read into a one symposium, and I have since exchanged e-mail with Andrea and Klaus about this. Also, Klaus has ideas for additional related Symposiums.
I would like to propose that we go ahead with the pre-call as scoped, that is, focusing on text customization and not opening it up broader.
* Timing: The text customization is well defined and has been reviewed by RDWG, and the Easy to Read[1] is not yet. It would will take time to develop the Easy to Read information. It would be good to get the pre-call for topic #3 out ASAP so people have plenty of time to write up work in this area, rather than delaying it by combining topics.
* Focus: I think if we combined text customization with reading level and broader issues then the text customization aspect would get overshadowed, if not lost all together. As has been noted, text customization has not received much focused attention, yet is an important topic in itself.
* Sufficient submissions: Over the last month I have inquired of several people about their interest in contributing to a symposium specifically on text customization for readability and have had several positive responses. So far, 10 have said they will submit, and 4 said they might. If we get the pre-call out soon, we will be giving over 2 months advanced notice and will likely get sufficient submissions.
Instead, one idea is to propose to RDWG that the next symposium (#4) to be held later this year is related to Easy to Read. Perhaps potential Chairs could either:
-- Refine and develop [1] to focus specifically on Simple Language (or Easy to Understand or similar); OR
-- Refine and develop [1] to address the broader issues (including simple language and also things like "to what extent is readability linked with the basic layout", distracting ads, etc.), with input from the separate text customization symposium (#3) feeding into it as just one small aspect.
If this were done before the final Text Customization CfP, then we could point to it to encourage submissions to the relevant symposium.


* Title.
- The current working title is "Text Customization for Readability"
- Ideas from previous discussions are listed here: http://www.w3.org/WAI/RD/wiki/Text_Customization#Title_ideas  (of course, feel free to add other ideas and comments in the wiki)
- I think we should settle on a title for the pre-call.


* Timeline/dates.
- Can we announce the pre-call with dates not yet finalized? Currently the draft has "Estimated" with months only.
- In any case, discussion is needed to finalize the dates. For details and questions on the timeline, see http://www.w3.org/WAI/RD/wiki/Topic_3_Timeline


* Scientific Committee.
- There are a few people I have in mind to invite. I would like the group's input on the invitation letter drafted at http://www.w3.org/WAI/RD/wiki/SC
- Who in RDWG would like to be on the committee?
- For the pre-call, do we want to leave off the Scientific Committee list since it's still developing? Or include what we have so far (which will probably be a few more after I send out the e-mail) and add something like "(more to be confirmed)" at the end of the list?


* Paper details.
- For the pre-call can we just include limited information, e.g., that the paper limit will be 1,000 words (to give potential submitters an idea of the work)? I would like to refine the rest of it (template, review process, publication sections) before the complete CfP, but don't want to hold up the pre-call.


That's all I can think of that we need to address before the pre-call.

Best,
~Shawn

[1] http://www.w3.org/WAI/RD/wiki/Easy_to_Read
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