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Re: Executive Summary

From: Anne Pemberton <apembert@erols.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 07:39:41 -0400
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To: <gv@trace.wisc.edu>, "'Web Content Guidelines'" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Gregg and all,

         Wanted to take a look at the Executive Summary as it is now, to 
contribute to it's rewrite, but I was unable to find the document in 
question. If it's on the front page of w3c.org , I missed it. Used the 
search engine and all I got were 2,000 some hits of email messages on the 
topic, but not a link to the document itself.

         What am I doing wrong that I can't find it?


At 09:10 PM 8/27/01 -0500, Gregg Vanderheiden wrote:
>Hi Back from Vacation and catching up a bit
>RE the length of the Executive summary...
>I'd like to paraphrase Albert Einstein and say..
>"It should be as short as possible,  but no shorter.
>Lets write it and see how short it can be.   I think it is unwise to
>debate or decide on a page length before establishing the content.
>My suggestion of "two pages" was an attempt to get it down to two pages.
>Maybe we can do one.  Maybe it needs to be 3.   Let's figure out what
>all needs to get in there.
>Remember an executive summary is not an introduction.  It is a summary
>of all the important or key information in a document. It is designed to
>stand alone.   For this doc that would have to include at least the
>guidelines and checkpoints.
>Also, when talking about a web page, I am not sure what "one page" or
>'two pages" means.   Are these the number of pages that would print,
>assuming a certain font?
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>From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On
>Behalf Of Charles McCathieNevile
>Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2001 2:04 PM
>To: Paul Bohman
>Cc: Wendy A Chisholm; jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU; Web Content
>Subject: Re: Open issue #54
>Importance: High
>I agree with Paul. If we can't summarise it in one page we should start
>summarising again.
>On Wed, 22 Aug 2001, Paul Bohman wrote:
>   Open issue #54:
>   <quote>
>   How long should we make the Executive Summary? Gregg says 2 pages.
>   </quote>
>   I am still of the opinion that it should be as short as possible. Two
>   seems at least one page too long to me.
>   Paul Bohman
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Anne Pemberton

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