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Good news, but we have some work to do!

From: Nigel Megitt <nigel.megitt@bbc.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2019 18:10:04 +0000
To: "public-audio-description@w3.org" <public-audio-description@w3.org>
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at the end of 2018 I promised you a doodle poll for meetings "early in the new year". I'm hoping the beginning of March still counts (but I don't really believe it does).

I've made a poll using the W3C's equivalent of doodle, which you can answer at:


There's are good reasons for getting together for some calls over the next couple of months.

When we set this up one of my stated goals was to have something to contribute to a W3C Working Group so we could make not just "another document describing how to exchange audio description", but an actual W3C Recommendation, i.e. a standard.

I proposed this to the Timed Text Working Group, and in a recent face to face meeting, this proposal was accepted [1]. Doing so is a change of scope, so it needs to be added to the TTWG's Charter. Conveniently, that Charter is being edited at the moment, with a view to asking for it to begin around the beginning of May 2019.

[1] TTWG resolution to take this on: https://github.com/w3c/tt-reqs/issues/4#issuecomment-459305184

One of the things we should do to make that change to the TTWG Charter stronger is to publish our document as a Community Group Report, as soon as we can, but around the end of April hopefully will be okay, if not before.

I see that there are a few issues for us to resolve [2], and looking at the state of our draft document [3] at the moment, I'm sure it needs some review and some input so we can edit it into a suitable state.

[2] Our open issues: https://github.com/w3c/adpt/issues

[3] Our current Editor's Draft: http://w3c.github.io/adpt/

So I propose that we meet for up to 4 web/phone calls of 1 hour each, every 2 weeks, beginning in the week commencing 18th March 2019 so we can go through the document, decide what to do about any issues, and make the necessary changes.

Please complete the survey at
https://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/106721/adcg_telcon_2019/ so that I can schedule those calls.

Lastly, you may be aware of the CSUN conference, held this year in Anaheim, California, from 11th to 15th March. I will be there this year and available for a meeting - if you would like to have a chat or even help organise a working face to face meeting while we're there please let me know via the question on the survey. If we can make quick progress working together there that would be fantastic.

kind regards,



Nigel Megitt
Executive Product Manager, BBC Design & Engineering
Telephone : +44 (0)3030807996
BC5 A3 Broadcast Centre, Media Village, 201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TP



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