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Re: [restyle-content] Boilerplate Contents: Requirements and Recommendations

From: Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:13:56 +0100
Cc: spec-prod@w3.org
Message-Id: <A5DBA09A-AA2E-4638-9306-47F576DA1749@berjon.com>
To: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
On Dec 13, 2011, at 01:26 , fantasai wrote:
> Ok, so Tantek and Vincent and I sat down and compiled a list of all the bits
> of boilerplate in the W3C spec template and all the common meta sections that
> specs are expected to contain. We put a rough draft on the W3C wiki here:
>  http://www.w3.org/wiki/SpecProd/Restyle/Content
> I took a first cut at identifying the primary audience for each piece.

Thanks, this is useful. I don't know if you wish to list all potential statuses that a document may have, but if so the list is longer than the one in the wiki. A longer list is at:

    http://respec.specifiction.com/guide/essential-boilerplate.html#specification-status

You list test suites as CR/REC, but we should make sure that they can be listed earlier if needed.

I wonder if it would make sense to list chairs and team contacts, or if we should rather make sure that they are more prominently listed on group pages. The use case for this is that there are regularly people who need to get in touch about specific technology but don't want to do so through the public list (e.g. a company considering joining a group or the W3C and needing extra info). They often report having had trouble figuring out the proper team+chairs contact (and those are the ones who eventually did find it  we don't know about those who gave up).

I'm not certain that the PP/Disclosures is just for lawyers. The details are, but I think a broader audience is interested in knowing that a specification is RF. This could perhaps be supported with an RF icon, with a link to further details for lawyers.

If the status disclaimer is aimed at people who are new to reading W3C specs (which is the right audience IMHO) then it should be one sentence clearly called out and not something lost in an impenetrable block of text.

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