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Re: Formal Recorded Complaint

From: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 17:28:05 -0400
Message-ID: <46AE57E5.70600@w3.org>
To: John Foliot <foliot@wats.ca>
Cc: 'Dan Connolly' <connolly@w3.org>, steve@w3.org, timbl@w3.org, jbrewer@w3.org, 'wai-ig list' <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, wai-xtech@w3.org, public-html@w3.org, www-html@w3.org


John Foliot wrote (on 7/30/2007 3:54 PM):
> I think you get the general thrust.  This apparent indifference and
> dismissive attitude has myself (and apparently others) concerned and
> frustrated.  This is not about "playing within the same rules", this is not
> about "technical rigor and demonstrable benefit", this is very simply about
> respect.  It's about attitude.

I would like to mention that the occasional lack of respect on this list 
is not isolated to members of the accessibility community.

Microsoft (with whom I have no affiliation) has been the target of 
numerous jibes, assaults, insults, and accusations bordering on calumny, 
particularly in the early days of this group.  I'm amazed that they are 
still participating in this Working Group, and I'm not surprised they 
aren't participating more.  Sure, they're the 800-pound gorilla in the 
room (which is all the more reason to keep them involved in the process) 
and they are an easy target, but if the same attitude that was heaped 
upon them were applied to some of the other vendors, I think people 
would have a different perspective.

I would like all interest groups to be treated with respect, and that 
includes vendors.  Without them, writing this spec is just an academic 

-Doug Schepers
W3C Staff Contact, SVG, CDF, and WebAPI
Received on Monday, 30 July 2007 21:28:07 UTC

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