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Re: biased surveys and other tricks

From: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 16:31:13 +0000
Message-ID: <55687cf80901280831m480d3279q9f8d9bfec35afa7f@mail.gmail.com>
To: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
Cc: HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>

Hi Larry,
The 'survey' was not meant to be biased in any particular direction
(though people may think that I am pro HTML5 amrk up spec),  it has
been pointed out the term "fullblown" was subjective and by
implication pejorative.
The lack of context was driven by the constraint of having to fit the
question and associated links in to tweet limit of 140 characters.

I asked  (I thought) a clearer question to the WSG mailing list

"The the W3C HTML working group is currently debating the usefulness of
 HTML 5: The Markup Language http://shrinkster.com/13zy vs HTML 5
A vocabulary and associated APIs for HTML and XHTML
http://shrinkster.com/13zz as normative documents for web developers
to use as a reference point in their work.
what are your thoughts?"

Which lachlan followed up on:

If you wish to do another "survey" with a less biased framing of the
question go ahead.


2009/1/28 Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>:
>> Is HTML5 mark up spec http://shrinkster.com/13zy useful compared to
>> the fullblown spec http://shrinkster.com/13zz use #html5ml in reply
> The survey is biased, because it is asking individuals without
> context to compare the utility of an initial draft of a document,
> against one document that has been under preparation for years,
> and implies that only the former would be produced rather than
> both.
> If you were going to do a survey, you might ask something like:
> "Would you like the opportunity to review the utility of a
> having a mark up spec (initial draft http://shrinkster.com/13zy )
> as a separate document from a fullblown specification
> such as  http://shrinkster.com/13zz.
> Larry
> --
> http://larry.masinter.net

with regards

Steve Faulkner
Technical Director - TPG Europe
Director - Web Accessibility Tools Consortium

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