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W3C Process Intro ("Process 101") (was EOWG: Agenda for 4 August 2006 Teleconference)

From: Alan Chuter <achuter@technosite.es>
Date: Wed, 02 Aug 2006 09:36:40 +0200
To: EOWG <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.tdnbfeh5zqgw0t@0104xpd.e-fti.com>

This is the first time I have seen this draft [1]. Reading the title ("WAI  
Standards in the W3C Process") and the introductory paragraph I expected  
to learn about how WAI intervenes in the process to ensure that  
accessibility issues are addressed, but that apparently isn't the  
intention.

[1] http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/w3c-process

It seems that the immediate need is for a short-term document for now to  
inform about what's happening with WCAG 2.0 that can over time evolve into  
a long-term one about the progress of WAI documents in the process. Or  
perhaps more simply, some kind of "lastest news" note at the beginning  
saying that there is currently misunderstanding over WCAG 2.0 and the  
process, that can hopefully soon be removed when WCAG 2.0 becomes a  
recommendation.

Here are some suggestions for the wording of the introductory paragraph.  
Basically, this is to explain what wasn't clear to me on first reading:  
about the two sections and how they relate to one another, and to clarify  
that the WAI Recommendations are listed to show where they are presently  
in the process:

"The first section of this document provides a brief overview of the  
process that W3C documents go through in becoming a standard. The second  
lists W3C Recommendations completed and in progress in WAI Working Groups,  
and their current progress through the process described in the first  
section (at the time this document was last updated)."

And a couple of other ideas:

* Explain why W3C uses the term "Recommendation" rather than
   "standard".

* Explain that there are also "Notes" that go through a different
   process but are integrated with the recommendations.

best regards,


-- 
Alan Chuter
Accessibility Consultant
Technosite (formerly Fundosa Teleservicios)
achuter@technosite.es
www.technosite.es
Tel. +34 91 121 03 35
Received on Wednesday, 2 August 2006 07:37:47 GMT

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