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Re: Call for Review: Working Draft of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2003 17:23:31 +0200
Cc: WAI-IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
To: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Message-Id: <4627A9AE-C4FD-11D7-8A46-000A958826AA@sidar.org>

No, this is a working draft. The point of having a deadline to reply is 
that the working group wants to keep working, so needs to set some 
expectations.

Typically, W3C groups release a number of working drafts for review and 
revision.

They then release a "Last Call" working draft - which is announced as 
such. That means the working group thinks it has got all the comments, 
resolved the outstanding issues, and hopes to proceed through Candidate 
Recommendation (where the group demonstrates implementation and/or 
implementability of the spec) and Proposed Recommendation (where the 
W3C members are asked to advise on whether this document should indeed 
be a W3C Recommendation) to Recommendation (the finished status of a 
W3C specification.

Comments received after the last call deadline are generally thought of 
as too late - the expectation is that the issues will be raised in 
response to working drafts such as the current one.

So comments are important now, although this isn't actually the "last 
deadline".

I noted that the announcement was some weeks after the publication of 
the draft, which is a bit of a shame. People on the working group 
mailing list (like Joe) will of course already have received a brief 
note saying the draft was published, and are expected to comment 
through the life of the process (as Joe indeed does).

cheers

Chaals

On Saturday, Aug 2, 2003, at 16:48 Europe/Zurich, Joe Clark wrote:

> Is it really true this is our last chance to make corrections? The
> multimedia section isn't anywhere near production-ready and I rather 
> doubt
> it would be fixed adequately by other WAI/WCAG WG members. I *am* 
> going to
> file comments by the deadline. I won't be able to solve even the 
> problems
> that are within my area of expertise. If that's truly the last 
> deadline,
> though, the resulting spec will not be good enough.
>
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Charles McCathieNevile                          Fundación Sidar
charles@sidar.org                                http://www.sidar.org
Received on Saturday, 2 August 2003 11:24:21 GMT

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