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Re: need for a joe public wai-ig

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2001 07:41:36 -0400 (EDT)
To: Jonathan Chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, Phill Jenkins <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0104110735520.3313-100000@tux.w3.org>
I would prefer that this list remain a "broad church" where questions of all
levels are welcome. There are many questions that come here as the "first
port of call" and some of them are best answered here, some are best
redirected to a more specialised list.

Sometimes it isn't obvious where a technical question should be asked, and
sometimes I (for example) am looking for the broadest group I can find to
answer a question.

So I hope that people aren't frightened off because a particular message or
thread doesn't make sense to them. We have a compromise between having lots
of mailing lists, which makes it hard to know which one to use and which ones
to read, and having lists where not all the messages are relevant to a given

As for using plain language, I think that is important in every list and
every case. It doesn't matter whether we are discussing how to describe a
picture of a zoo or a fine point about how to use the RDF schema element
"subtype" - too much jargon or complicated language means people won't
understand a message about a topic that they do understand.

just my two obols worth



On Wed, 11 Apr 2001, Jonathan Chetwynd wrote:

  I wonder if we need to consider running a forum for the public?
  ie banish techy blurb to a hidden ig say wai-cig for commercial interest

  We've discussed it before, and should anne's work be published, we might get
  a response.

  We don't want to frighten off interested persons, and for the moment could
  limit discussion to plain speaking.

  jonathan chetwynd
  IT teacher (LD)

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