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RE: W3C Roadmap

From: Geoff Deering <gdeering@acslink.net.au>
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 07:10:35 +1000
To: "david poehlman" <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>, "Charles McCathieNevile" <charles@sidar.org>
Cc: "WAI-IG" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NBBBJPNFCLNLAADCLFJBAENHHFAA.gdeering@acslink.net.au>

> From: david poehlman
> I might possit this:
> The plan as I see it maps out the purposes and uses of the
> technologies.  It
> is not fitting for all technologies to work together seamlesly since some
> technologies serve specific purposes which have nothing to do
> with the other
> technologies.  There are some technologies that cut across the
> entire domain
> and yes, they need to work across the domain.  There are some technologies
> which need to opperate in different environments and they need to do that.
> The trick seems to be to make certain that the plan is clear and
> understandable so that the highest interoperability and
> accessibility can be
> achieved.
> Johnnie Apple Seed

Thanks, and yes, this is what any reasonable person would expect to be the
case, but there still needs to be a set of documents that clearly detail
this vision, otherwise it's just spin and techno babble.

A large organisation like the W3C can't just say; "Trust us, we know what we
are doing", they need to clearly state the how whens and whys or what each
technology is designed to address.

Don't you feel that one of the problems with technology in general is that
often many technologies are not used correctly because of misunderstanding
and misapplication?  This to me is one of the strong undercurrent themes in
WAI.  We have had to spend so much time educating users as to the correct
application of web technologies and their benefits and the downfalls of

Without roadmaps of clear vision, even the best intentioned applications may
be misguided.

You only have to take a look at the evolution of HTML from the W3C side and
see that there was a lot of stumbling around in the dark, and not learning
from previous lessons.  I would say the same is true in content management

Geoff Deering
Received on Sunday, 12 September 2004 21:10:35 UTC

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