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Re: Mailing List Archives improvements: big progresses!

From: Ian B. Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: 13 May 2003 10:16:51 -0400
To: Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux <dom@w3.org>
Cc: wai-xtech@w3.org, Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>, wendy@w3.org, jose@w3.org, ijacobs@w3.org, dbooth@w3.org, steven@w3.org, mcmay@w3.org, chaals@w3.org
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Hi Dom and Jose,

While I have not done a thorough review, I'm very excited
about these changes (for everyone!) after just a quick review
of the results. Well done!

 _ Ian

On Tue, 2003-05-13 at 08:23, Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux wrote:
> Hi all,
> Last year (between March and June), we discussed how the W3C Mailing
> List archives could be improved, both in terms of accessibility and
> usability. We came up with a proposal described and defined at:
> http://www.w3.org/2002/03/archives-improvements/
> Thanks to the great work done by Jose Kahan, the proposed changes have
> been implemented in Hypermail, the program that formats the email in
> HTML and have been proposed for integration in the next releases of this
> program (meaning that the progresses made for us will also be available
> to a broader users base).
> As promised, we have now a short time frame to make real user testing
> with the output produced by the new code:
> http://www.w3.org/2002/03/archives-improvements/implentation-test/ shows
> what the new hypermail produces, with most of the links working as they
> would in a production environment (the test was produced on the mails
> received in January on www-tag). 
> Al, Wendy, would it be possible for you to ask people with specific
> handicaps/navigation requirements to look at these proposals and see how
> well they work for them?
> Some small (temporary) issues:
> - the index page has not been generated for this example - the program
> that produces them is not hypermail, and also can be tweaked much more
> easily than hypermail, so this might wait for another round
> - there are some inconsistencies in the navigation bar (ml name, broken
> links) that would not appear in a real case
> - the "N.B." note would not appear in a real case either
> Note that in any case, and since we have had much time and many
> occasions to discuss the proposals, the corrections that could be
> brought to the current output cannot be very large, so we should only
> try to spot out the main remaining issues.
> The comments period is open until June 6 a priori, but let me know if
> this is too short for you to give your feedback on this.
> [FWIW, I intend to open this review slot to the chairs and the team
> members after the AC Meeting]
> Thanks,
> Dom
Ian Jacobs (ij@w3.org)   http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs
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