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From: Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2009 00:12:10 -0400
Message-ID: <4A3F049A.90409@w3.org>
To: www-svg <www-svg@w3.org>
Hi, SVG folks-

As you probably know, the SVG WG is chartered as a public group, and all 
our group emails and teleconference minutes are publicly available. 
However, nobody outside the SVG Working Group can subscribe or post to 
the SVG WG mailing list (where we post our meeting minutes), which is 
not very convenient.

The SVG WG wants to have a more open dialog about SVG, and to get more 
feedback earlier on in the specification process.  We want to hear from 
designers and developers and implementers (including authoring tools 
makers) what they want to see, what works for them and what doesn't.

To that end, we have decided to start sending the minutes of our 
teleconferences to this public list, in addition to the working group 
list.  Those of us in the WebApps WG have had positive experience with 
that, and we expect that it will also work well for the SVG WG.

We have a few of caveats, just to set expectations:

* we want to send the minutes out promptly, and we don't have the time 
or resources to clean them up, so they may contain mistakes in 
scribing... we live with it, and expect that you will manage as well

* the minutes can sometimes be a bit sketchy, and may not capture the 
full extent or intent of the conversation (this is especially true when 
I'm the scribe, as I take lousy minutes)

* the minutes may contain half-baked ideas we are just thinking through, 
so don't let us raise or dash your hopes too much

So, in short, if something strikes you as incoherent or just plain 
wrong, a polite message for clarification is certainly appropriate, and 
we'll do our best to explain.  Conversely, if you see something that 
really appeals to you, a note of encouragement is most welcome.

We hope and expect that this will generate light rather than heat; 
because we have limited resources, we also hope that this experiment in 
greater openness will scale (hah!) with our current workflow, and not 
cost us more effort than it saves us in the long run.  We look forward 
to hearing back from you all as we work on refining SVG.

-Doug Schepers
W3C Team Contact, SVG and WebApps WGs
Received on Monday, 22 June 2009 04:12:16 UTC

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