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WCAG WG must clarify hierarchy of submissions

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 16:37:10 +0000 (UTC)
To: WAI-GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.60.0410281615130.4407@aristotle.multipattern.com>

I petition the Working Group to *definitively clarify* which submissions 
regarding WCAG 2.0 are more important than others; which are automatically 
taken seriously and elicit comments or changes from the group; and which 
will, in practice, be ignored.

>From what I can tell:

* Anything anybody says at a face-to-face meeting is given priority in 
that meeting. If I'm the one who says it, however, it gets ignored once 
everybody goes home.
<http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/2003JulSep/0530.html>

* Anything a Participant in Good Standing (PiGS), W3C Member, or W3C 
employee says is given highest priority everywhere, notwithstanding the 
foregoing.

* Submissions to WAI Bugzilla-- nearly incomprehensible, in violation of 
WCAG guidelines, and nearly unknown to anyone who does not read the IG or 
GL mailing lists-- have next priority.

* Submissions to the public-comments mailing list are allegedly read and 
considered. I view these submissions as next in priority.

* Submissions to the GL list (and some to the IG list) are routinely 
ignored if they are not authored by a Participant in Good Standing (PiGS), 
W3C Member, or W3C employee. Otherwise, they are next in priority.

* Any statement by any claimed activist for learning disability, dyslexia, 
or cognitive or mental impairment trumps all of the above and is 
immediately taken seriously and pushed to implementation.


I ask for clarification because it seems, as in John Slatin's review of 
issues in a certain guideline,

<http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/2004OctDec/0211.html>

that Bugzilla entries have suddenly been given higher priority.

Further, as we get down to the wire here and face the day when WCAG WG 
must fish or cut bait, I believe there has been no resolution at all of my 
previous complaints about being routinely ignored while certain other 
contributors have their proposals immediately rushed through has been 
resolved.

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