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[Bug 10619] Allowing A WebSRT voice declaration when the cue payload is WebSRT metadata text does not make sense, I think.

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Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2010 18:14:14 +0000
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--- Comment #5 from Shelley Powers <shelleyp@burningbird.net>  2010-09-13 18:14:13 ---
Here is what I know about WebSRT:

WebSRT is specific to timed tracks. The Accessibility subgroup had a task to
gather requirements for this functionality[1]. I believe the group is finished,
but am not sure. 

In May, the HTML5 editor published his version of timed tracks, called WebSRT,
within the HTML5 specification[2]. This generated a great deal of discussion,
including a discussion about whether something like this even fits within the
HTML WG charter[3]. The HTML5 editor removed it from the W3C copy of HTML5, but
left it in the WhatWG version (one of those points of differences that is
specifically related to this bug)[4]. In the meantime, the accessibility
community has identified WebSRT as one of a set of candidates[5].

With the new Last Call priorities, Sylvia Pfeiffer expressed concern[6]
specifically related to media accessibility. I don't believe she's been
answered, but I do know that the accessibility group is interested in this bug,
because of the ally keyword. 

Yet this bug links to an off-site, non-W3C document--a document that is,
somehow, listed within the HTML WG product, but has never been proposed as a
HTML WG document. 

You look at all of this together and you go...what? 

Has WebSRT been put forth as a proposed separate document and spec by Ian
Hickson? Has the question about whether the HTML WG is chartered to cover this
functionality been answered? How timely can any of this be managed, if non-bug
related changes are, more or less, going to be frozen by October 1st?

I realize that the W3C has given permission for the WhatWG members to use the
Bugzilla database. Can you see, though, how this bug entry showing up among the
HTML WG bugs, could potentially cause some confusion? 

[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2010May/0140.html
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2010May/0067.html
[3] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2010May/0130.html
[4] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2010Jun/0323.html
[5] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2010Sep/0015.html

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