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Re: Three Personalization Documents Seeking Review

From: 'Janina Sajka' <janina@rednote.net>
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2020 09:41:51 -0500
To: Chris Leighton <chris.leighton@uwa.edu.au>
Cc: Personalization tf <public-personalization-tf@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20200203144151.GV2258@rednote.net>
Hello, Chris:

Chris Leighton writes:
> Hello Janina,
> I've just read - https://www.w3.org/TR/personalization-semantics-1.0/ - to gain context for your request.
> For now I'd like to comment on the word 'personalisation'. Unfortunately where I work it is perceived as meaning 'customised content based on what is known about the audience member/user session etc'. I hope that the word is best understood by your audience as you intend it. I have no idea where English language perception of that word most heavily lies in IT circles...
I understand how people coming to anything labeled "personalization"
will bring widely divergent expectations . The criticism is fair, imo,
and it's probably something we should more clearly address in our
introductory materials.

It is true we've not articulated a global view of what might be meant by
personalization. However, I would argue we have indeed addressed a
significant accessibility audience with a technology approach that
that meets your understanding:  "meaning 'customised content based on what is known
about the audience member/user session."

The Module One content is most directly aimed at persons who live with
cognitive and learning disabilities as articulated over years of work in
our Cognitive and Learning Disabilities (COGA) Task Force. We believe
the approach is extensible to address other a11y users, such as were
previously the subject of an earlier W3C/WAI effort in our Indie-UI
Working Group, which was active from 2012-2015.

If the approaches we embark on in these documents prove viable and
extensible, we'll learn whether (or not) they extend out far enough to
address non-disability concerns. We always seek solutions with the
potential to serve as electronic curb cuts. However, addressing
previously unmet COGA requirements is a worthy goal, imo, even if the
full extent of the term "personalization" might suggest each and every
person on the web to some.

> At the same time I struggle with W3Cs use of the word 'conformance'. Such a clumsy term, infrequently used anywhere that I'm aware of. I commented on that to W3C previously.
Yes, that a term with particular W3C meaning that continues to undergo
refinement and redefinition. For those of us working on the concept, the
question becomes something like: "If not 'conformance,' than what? How
do you claim you meet a normative specification--or discover precisely
how you do not meet it, so that you might remedy that?"

Got a better suggestion? That's not an idle request!



> I will later contribute again where possible.
> Regards,
> Chris.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net> 
> Sent: Friday, 31 January 2020 1:00 AM
> To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Cc: Personalization tf <public-personalization-tf@w3.org>
> Subject: Three Personalization Documents Seeking Review
> Colleagues:
> The W3C's personalization<https://www.w3.org/WAI/APA/task-forces/personalization/>
> Semantics Task Force of the Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group is requesting a second wide review of our Personalization Semantics module 1 (Adaptable Content) and the accompanying Explainer document. We request your comments by Wednesday 10 March.
> We aim to make web content adaptable for users who function more effectively when content is presented to them in alternative modalities - including people with cognitive & learning disabilities. 
> The Explainer is available here: 
> https://www.w3.org/TR/2020/WD-personalization-semantics-1.0-20200127/
> The Personalization Semantics Content Module 1.0 specification (Updated Draft) is available here: 
> https://www.w3.org/TR/2020/WD-personalization-semantics-content-1.0-20200127/
> We especially request continued feedback from:
> *	Those involved in WCAG 2.2 development, because we believe our
> 	normative specification provides conformance techniques to proposed Success Criteria for WCAG 2.2, such as Essential Controls.
> *	Those involved with ACC symbols accessibility and inclusion so we can
> 	continue to refine and optimize our  specifications to better accommodate their scenarios. 
> We would expressly draw your attention to Sec. 3.1 of our specification as it is particularly critical. If you have time only for a partial review, please review Sec. 3.1 available directly at this web link:
> https://www.w3.org/TR/2020/WD-personalization-semantics-content-1.0-20200127/#action-explanation
> Our current drafts incorporate feedback from earlier drafts in our activity.
> For that reason alone we need to request your second look at our specification--because much has changed. 
> We are also publishing for review and comment a First Working Draft (FPWD) of a requirements document available here: 
> https://www.w3.org/TR/2020/WD-personalization-semantics-requirements-1.0-20200130/
>  Please note that the Personalization Semantics Content Module is  intended to become a W3C recommendation eventually, while the other two  documents, the Explainer and the Requirements document will become W3C  Notes.
> We appreciate your time reviewing our specification and accompanying documents afresh.  Responses to this wide review call will determine whether we are ready to advance the Module One specification to W3C Candidate Recommendation
> (CR) status. It will also help us determine whether we are ready for certain required internal W3C quality reviews. 
> To comment,
> <a href="https://github.com/w3c/personalization-semantics/issues/new">
> 	file an issue in the <abbr title="World Wide Web Consortium">W3C</abbr> personalization semantics GitHub repository</a>.
> If this is not feasible, send email to
> <a href="mailto:public-personalization-tf@w3.org">public-personalization-tf@w3.org</a>
> (<a href="https://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-personalization-tf/">archives</a>).
> 		 Comments are requested by <strong>10 March 2020</strong>.
> In-progress updates to the document may be viewed in the
> 		 <a href="https://w3c.github.io/personalization-semantics/">
> 			publicly visible editors' draft</a>.
> Thanking you in advance,
> Janina Sajka, Chair
> Accessible Platform Architectures (APA) Working Group
> Lisa Seeman & Charles LaPierre, Co-Facilitators Personalization Semantics Task Force
> -- 
> Janina Sajka
> Linux Foundation Fellow
> Executive Chair, Accessibility Workgroup:	http://a11y.org
> The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
> Chair, Accessible Platform Architectures	http://www.w3.org/wai/apa


Janina Sajka

Linux Foundation Fellow
Executive Chair, Accessibility Workgroup:	http://a11y.org

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Chair, Accessible Platform Architectures	http://www.w3.org/wai/apa
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