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Re: [Process] Publishing use cases and requirements as official docs

From: Arthur Barstow <art.barstow@nokia.com>
Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2012 14:25:47 -0400
Message-ID: <4FCFA0AB.2040107@nokia.com>
To: ext Tobie Langel <tobie@fb.com>
CC: "public-webapps@w3.org" <public-webapps@w3.org>
On 6/6/12 1:55 PM, ext Tobie Langel wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I recently stumbled upon a number of use case and requirements docs (such
> as MediaStream Capture Scenarios[1] or HTML Speech XG[2]) that were
> published as officially looking W3C documents (for whatever that means, at
> least, it's not a page on a Wiki).
>
> I think that's tremendously useful, especially for authors who can have a
> much better understanding of the purpose of a specification that way (and
> therefore use it the right way and for the right purpose).
>
> It's also a smart way to get authors involved without corrupting them into
> thinking like spec writers or implementors.
>
> What are the WebApps WG's plans with regards to that (if any)?

I think our [Charter] sets a clear expectation that our new specs will 
have some type of requirements and use cases and as a spec transitions 
to Last Call, the group should identify the requirements the spec addresses.

There a number of ways to document the UCs and reqs. For example, Bryan 
is using a wiki for the Push API. Anne included requirements and use 
cases directly in the CORS spec (although I think they were moved out 
before CR). Marcos took the higher overhead route of publishing widget 
requirements as a TR. I don't think anyone has done so but a text file 
in Hg could also be sufficient as would be an email (thread).

Which mechanism is used largely depends on how much time the 
protagonists are willing to spend. If anyone wants to go the TR route, 
we can certainly do that and we'd use the normal CfC process to gauge 
consensus.

-Thanks, AB

[Charter] http://www.w3.org/2012/webapps/charter/#others
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