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Thoughts about future pubrules

From: Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 14:09:21 -0400
To: spec-prod <spec-prod@w3.org>
Cc: Ted Guild <ted@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1335809361.5647.219.camel@chacal>
Hi Folks,

I spent some time with the webmaster recently to talk about on to
improve the state of pubrules in the future. Trying to figure where the
bottlenecks are and how to remove them.

For example, one of the current bottleneck to publish in /TR nowadays is
the webmaster himself. We only get to publish on Tuesdays and Thursdays
because of that.

Regarding the rules themselves, a lot of them wouldn't have to be
checked if we had a tool to generate the document for us (icon,
copyright, previous version link, patent policy, etc.). So, we had a way
for the editor to feed the data into the system, that would simplify

So, we came up with the idea of using respec.js (or some form of it). If
folks give us a respec document, we can grab the data (currenlty in the
JSON object) and generate the right stuff on the server. We wouldn't
remove the current pubrules sytem but rather makes life easier for those
using the new system. You wouldn't have to wait for the webmaster for
example to publish a document. We do expect that some groups will
continue to use xmlspec for example.

Respec.js has some limitations, some of them could be resolved, some
not. But it's relatively easy to edit.

We're looking here at a 6 months project since it will involved writing
new tools and rewriting the tools currently used by the webmaster to
publish the documents.


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