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Re: clarification sought on publishing alt text document as a WG note

From: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:24:51 -0400
Message-ID: <543D5C63.9060905@intertwingly.net>
To: Liam R E Quin <liam@w3.org>
CC: public-html-a11y@w3.org
On 10/14/2014 01:11 PM, Liam R E Quin wrote:
> On Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:48:22 -0400
> Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net> wrote:
>
>> Normally the way things like these are handled is that the status
>> section is updated with a warning and a link to the relevant bugs, and
>> the heartbeat is published.
>>
>> Two such bugs are linked in the previous heartbeat:
>>
>> http://www.w3.org/TR/2012/WD-html-alt-techniques-20121025/
>>
>> Is there any reason why such couldn't be done in this case?
>
> Minuimum for me would be to link to
>    https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=26868
> at the two examples (caption and complex image description) that should at least mention longdesc.

Absolutely.

> Since we had consensus on publishing longdesc I don't see how we could have consensus on a document that could be taken as implying (although it doesn't say) that one shouldn't use longdesc.

A list of open issues/bugs is an appropriate way to capture the current 
status.

> The TF hadn't reviewed the document, I think, in light of longdesc moving forward.
>
> There are some other technical issues with it, but those don't (in my view) need to be resolved before a heartbeat can be published, and there are bugs on the ones I know about.
>
> It would be helpful to wait until the Director's Decision was published on longdesc before putting this document out, even as a heartbeat, but that seems to be taking much longer than expected, and is a political rather than a technical request.

Generally, Working Groups don't wait until all technical issues are 
resolved until publishing a heartbeat.

> Hope this is clearer.
>
> Liam

- Sam Ruby
Received on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 17:25:44 UTC

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