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[restyle] All-out Spec Template Redesign Collaboration

From: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:28:36 -0800
To: spec-prod <spec-prod@w3.org>
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Gonna make proper formal announcement through all relevant W3C
comm channels later, but wanted to give spec-prod a heads up
that W3C (more or less represented by me, plh, and everyone who
bothers to comment) and Jefferson University (represented by a
student design team from their Interaction Design department)
will be collaborating on the rewrite-the-spec-templates effort [1].
This will be a semester-long project for the students, with the
goal of producing a prototype. (I expect the entire project,
from kickoff to production, to take 1-2 years.)

If there's info that belongs in the spec templates that's not
listed in the wiki at
please add it in.

The students are putting together a URL to a blog or something
that we'll use to communicate, and I expect all of you here to
give them a lot to think about--as I'm effectively asking them
to work through the spec development “process” of
   1. Post your proposed solution.
   2. Have people tell you, specifically, that you're wrong.
   3. Edit to take the feedback into account.
   4. Repeat from the top until it kinda-sorta stabilizes.

Since we do things here by consensus, it's going to take the
consensus of all of you to make this project happen, and that
means giving these students enough guidance to stay on the
rails as they work through the problem.

The scope of the project is re-envisioning what the spec
template can be, to make it more usable and to bring actual
content above the fold. Everything is in scope (HTML, CSS,
boilerplate) except the prose of the specification itself.

And yes, we're going to rip apart Status of this Document.
Among other things. So start thinking about it, and feel free
to document/edit your considerations into the wiki [1]. I
expect they'll be conducting surveys / interviews as well,
but we might as well get our ducks in a row so they don't get
lost. ;)

[1] https://www.w3.org/wiki/SpecProd/Restyle

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