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Re: Seeking addresses for various W3 documents as plain text

From: Daniel Dardailler <danield@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 07 Dec 1998 09:52:27 +0100
Message-Id: <199812070852.JAA19231@www47.inria.fr>
To: Jamal Mazrui <empower@smart.net>
cc: jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.EDU.AU, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> If anyone else interested in W3C/WAI issues would consider promoting
> the development of a plain text recommended specification, let me 
> know.  I think it would be a standard worthy of attention by the W3C 
> and its constituencies.

Right now, the W3C document describing Technical Reports constraint
only mention the production of plain text, ps, etc, as a "may".

The "must" are things like: pass the HTML validator, bear the W3C
logo, use the correct naming scheme (AA-name-YYYYMMDD), no broken
link, etc.

Therefore, it is up to each W3C spec editor to decide what to do wrt
alternate formats.

Some (like HTML, CSS, DOM) have been using a production line that
includes automatic generation of html, ps, txt, etc, from a master
template in xml/html. Others haven't.

Somehow, given that simple tools (such as "save-as-txt" in the
browser, or the trick below) are available, I doubt I can be
successful in modifying our process so that the production of plain
text becomes a "should", instead of "may".


One neat trick Gerald Oskoboiny has added to our server (Gerald used
to run a lynx-me proxy before he joined W3C), but I think it's only
available to the W3C staff right now, is to add ",text" to the URL you
want to see as plain text.

For instance, from where I stand, if I look at
  http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-DSig-label
I get the HTML version, but if I do
  http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-DSig-label,text
then I get a plain text copy.

I will ask Gerald to turn it on for everybody.
Received on Monday, 7 December 1998 03:52:54 GMT

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