RE: Ongoing Experiments & Results

I didn’t reply to your suggestion about restricting our scope to immediately usable open standards-implementing environments, preferably free/libre licensed.


I just see so many groups choosing non standards-based solutions because of platform compatibility, bandwidth limitations causing them to choose proprietary codecs or other technologies that the result (if it omitted any solution without there already being an open standard implementation) wouldn’t be generally useful.




From: Joseph Potvin <> 
Sent: Sunday, March 15, 2020 7:01 AM
Subject: Ongoing Experiments & Results


Hi all, 


I have added the (blue) text below to the page that Larry started:  Going Remote: Current Practices <> . I also added a couple of comments about scope -- i.e. that this W3C group should not attempt to be a resource on all aspects of remote meetings/learning etc., but should restrict itself to immediately usable open standards-implementing environments, preferably free/libre licensed.


The instructor described below is my wife who is transitioning all her clients presently to online, and I'm her 'buddy system' support.  This afternoon I'll be assisting a candidate in a local municipal by-election to shift her entire campain to online engagement with citizens; and last night I was discussing steps with the CFO of an NHL hockey club. Discussions are also underway with an internal system manager for Shopify.

* An instructor has swiftly moved her usual in-person highly-interactive work to a fully online practice. She is using Jitsi as the main platform (which includes screen-sharing and chat and other utilities) running in Chrome on one window panel, and Etherpad in Firefox or Safari running in another window panel for co-drafting with students. When stepping through a printed illustrated book, she obtains a clear image by using CamScanner on her phone prior to the session to quickly create a multi-page PDF, which she then emails to herself. In a second Firefox tab, she lets Gmail display the PDF, so that with screen-sharing running in Jitsi, she and the students can step through the book together.  
* The only delays during start-up result from some clients not being very familiar with readily available capabilities on their computers they either did not know about, or did not know the vocabulary for. This is being resolved via screen-sharing in Jitsi as well as client-side ‘buddies’ who do know the methods and vocabulary.


Joseph Potvin
Mobile: 819-593-5983

Received on Sunday, 15 March 2020 21:13:29 UTC