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Follow up and apology about TPAC meeting

From: Florian Rivoal <florian@rivoal.net>
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2019 09:56:45 +0900
Message-Id: <75CC5AEE-71EE-49D1-AC4B-5EAF1C3CD843@rivoal.net>
Cc: Daihei Shiohama <shiohama@mediado.jp>, AUDRAIN LUC <LAUDRAIN@hachette-livre.fr>, "McCloy-Kelley, Liisa" <lmccloy-kelley@penguinrandomhouse.com>, "Reid, Wendy" <wendy.reid@rakuten.com>
To: public-publishingbg@w3.org
Dear members of the Publishing BG,

During TPAC I had the pleasure to be invited to speak at the Publishing BG meeting.

Unfortunately, the presentation I delivered that day was poorly phrased, and I made some careless remarks which were hurtful to a number of participants. I would like to apologize for this, and to clarify what I did mean, in order to avoid leaving false impressions.

* An important goal of the Publishing WG is to add to the web platform the features that it currently lacks to support the full diversity of publications on the web (see the opening paragraph of the PWG charter, and paragraph 2 of the Goals section). I remain firmly committed to this goal. I had intended to say that to improve publications on the web, we need web people and publishing people to work together - as we have for instance done in CSS for Writing Modes. However, when I created and presented that slide, I took this positive encouragement to collaboration, and somehow turned it into inappropriate dismissive comments about the publishing community and its work. This was uncalled for and hurtful. I am truly sorry.

* I made carelessly phrased statements which sounded like I was dismissive of the work on audiobooks. I have no problem with the work that is going into audiobooks, and was not thinking of them when I made my unfortunate remarks. I did not intend to say anything at all about them, but unfortunately, my poor choice of words made it seem otherwise. I should have explicitly stated that I was not commenting on audiobooks, and that I was supportive of that work. I regret the confusion and dismay caused by my statements, and would like to offer my apologies to all members of the PBG, and in particular to the people who work on this topic.

* I introduced myself as an AB member, but failed to clarify that I was speaking in my own name, not representing the opinion of the AB. I am sorry for not being clear about that; it made my the rest of my statements more problematic than they already were.

Beyond this unfortunate episode, I remain committed to helping advance the cause of Publishing on the Web, and look forward to working with you on that goal.

—Florian
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