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Update on expedited discussion [was: Re: Second Call for Consensus--Reconfirm Longdesc Decision]

From: Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 14:28:14 -0400
Message-Id: <E1QOE2x-0005ZY-Nh@lisa.w3.org>
To: HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>
Cc: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>,Jeff Jaffe <jeff@w3.org>, Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com>, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>,Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>, Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>, "Michael(tm) Smith (mike@w3.org)" <mike@w3.org>, Michael Cooper <cooper@w3.org>
Dear All,

We would like to provide an update on the expedited discussion 
concerning the consensus call on the longdesc change proposal and 
formal objection http://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/44061/20110519_longdesc/results

It was not possible for the HTML WG Co-Chairs to consider this 
proposal under their normal WG decision process prior to their 
planned publication of a Last Call Working Draft. Since they had 
planned a tight turnaround between the close of their Last Call poll 
and their intended Last Call publication, we therefore requested that 
an expedited discussion of the concerns noted below take place before 
a formal decision to publish was made. That discussion has occured.

As a consequence of that discussion, we understand that if Last Call 
Working Draft publication of HTML5 proceeds, there will not be a 
claim of feature completeness; remaining concerns will be flagged in 
the draft; it will be accompanied by messaging addressing the 
importance of resolving accessibility support in HTML5; improvements 
in subsequent working drafts will be noted; and improvements in 
coordination, in advance opportunities for clarification, and in 
timing of decisions will be pursued. Additional information may be 
available during meetings this coming week.

Please note that the TF longdesc survey
remains open through Monday 23 May 11:59pm Boston time, and the HTML5 
Last Call Working Draft survey
remains open only through this Sunday 22 May 11:50pm. Formal 
objections by individuals may still serve to register concerns; 
however we note that an expedited discussion has already occured.


Janina Sajka, PFWG Chair
Judy Brewer, WAI Domain Leader

At 12:49 PM 5/17/2011 -0400, Janina Sajka wrote:
>We have been requested to confirm the consensus on longdesc reached at
>the Text Subteam teleconference this past Monday, 17 May.
>We are further requested to confirm the Task Force consensus according
>to the published Consensus Procedures document at:
>Therefore, we will test for consensus on both resolutions approved by
>the Text Subteam during our regular Task Force teleconference this
>coming Thursday, 19 May.
>If the consensus reached at the Text Subteam is confirmed during the
>Thursday meeting, we will further open a WBS survey for three working
>days beginning Thursday as provided for in the Consensus Procedures
>We will vote on each resolution separately, just as was done in the Text
>Subteam, so that it is possible to approve either, neither, or both. The
>two resolutions are:
>         The Task Force supports the Issue 30 Change Proposal at:
>         http://www.w3.org/html/wg/wiki/ChangeProposals/InstateLongdesc
>         The Task Force supports a Formal Objection escalation should it
>appear that HTML last call is to be published without the longdesc as
>in our supported proposal
>Janina Sajka,   Phone:  +1.443.300.2200
>                 sip:janina@asterisk.rednote.net
>Chair, Open Accessibility       janina@a11y.org
>Linux Foundation                http://a11y.org
>Chair, Protocols & Formats
>Web Accessibility Initiative    http://www.w3.org/wai/pf
>World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
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