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Re: PROPOSAL: Procedure to Promote Progress With Accessibility Issues in HTML5

From: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 10:55:32 -0400
Message-ID: <4A672864.4080206@intertwingly.net>
To: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
CC: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, www-archive <www-archive@w3.org>, Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>
Manu Sporny wrote:
> Steven Faulkner wrote:
>> would you consider allowing me to edit your version of the spec instead
>> of creating another copy.
>> I would obviously consult with you on what sections i would be working
>> on, to ensure that no conflicts occur.
> Sure thing, although "my" version of the spec is auto-generated from
> Ian's version of the spec by inserting the RDFa sub-section into the
> latest HTML5 specification source. Do not edit the Overview.html file as
> the changes will just be overwritten the next time we sync with Ian.
>> at the current time it I intend to redraft the:
>> 4.8.2 The img element
>> (http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html#the-img-element)
>> in reference to the WAI consensus document advice
>> (http://www.w3.org/2009/06/Text-Alternatives-in-HTML5)
>> my inital thoughts are to remove the section Requirements for
>> providing text to act as an alternative for images from the spec and
>> reformulate as a W3C  best practice note, referencing it from 4.8.2 The
>> img element  along with relevant references from WCAG 2.0.
> How does this sound as a plan of action:
> 1. You download, duplicate and edit the changes in the following file:
> http://svn.whatwg.org/webapps/source
> 2. Send me the original file and your changed file (or create a diff
> between the two if you know how to do that).
> 3. I will create/use the diff, check that in and create a script to
> auto-patch Ian's latest version to WAI-approved language. I will then
> run the patch against Ian's latest version and check in a document
> titled "HTML5+ARIA" under the html5/aria directory. (If you need it to
> be called something other than HTML5+ARIA or html5/aria, please say so
> and I will change it).

There are tools to help with this.  One of them is called git, and it 
can deal with svn as a source with ease:


To demonstrate, see:

   git clone http://code.intertwingly.net/public/git/webapps

Note: all I did was issue a command "git svn clone 
http://svn.whatwg.org/webapps/".  80 minutes and 35 megabytes later, and 
I had my own copy.  Of everything, including history:


With such an approach, you can pull changes from Ian, pull changes from 
each other, merge, mix and match.  You can host your own git repository, 
place a copy on github, or I can ask Mike to implement a redirect from 
w3c URI space to one or more of these copies, or even to host a copy of 
the git repository itself (current size: 34,937,838 bytes).

- Sam Ruby
Received on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 14:56:21 UTC

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