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Format of meeting minutes

From: olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 17:11:52 +0900
Message-Id: <952D2FDA-7721-11D8-AD60-000A95E54002@w3.org>
Cc: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>
To: www-qa-wg@w3.org

I'm in the process of editing the summary of our discussions at our 
face-to-face a couple of weeks ago. I apologize for the delay in 
starting (simply busy) but it should be ready soon.

I would like to bring to your attention on how the minutes format[1], 
proposed by Karl, is both pleasant and useful. Comparing regular 
minutes [2] with minutes using this format [3] leaves no doubt as 
whether the readability is worth the effort. Nothing fancy, just a 
small summary, and enough space to separate the main sections of the 
discussion record.

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-qa-wg/2004Mar/0004.html
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-qa-wg/2004Mar/0011.html
[3] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-qa-wg/2004Mar/0006.html

In the case of face-to-face minutes, I would agree that the format 
mostly benefits me, as editor of the summary, but for regular meetings, 
where the "full" minutes are the only document available, we have to 
remember that there is an audience beyond the participant (looking for 
a reference in the minutes, which should thus be acurate), and all 
these readers should be given something reasonably readable and 

I can not stress enough how the meeting minutes are (or should be) a 
primary tool for the WG's communication, and therefore suggest that the 
QAWG adopts these minute taking guidelines for all its meetings in the 

[ P.S: thanks to Lynne and Karl for adopting them for the Mandelieu 
f2f, it made my job for day 1 much more pleasant :) ]


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