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Re: WCAG-EM 1.0 Document Status Text

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:21:44 +0200
Message-ID: <53C16098.6020400@w3.org>
To: "Robison, Cole [EISU]" <Cole.Robison@ks.gov>, "'public-wcag-em-comments@w3.org'" <public-wcag-em-comments@w3.org>
Dear Cole,

Thank you for this important clarification question.

WCAG-EM 1.0 is published as a W3C Working Group Note (as opposed to a 
W3C Recommendation, such as WCAG 2.0). It is not a full W3C standard. In 
the W3C Process Document such WG Notes are considered a "terminal" 
publication state. Section 7.1.3 "Maturity Level When Ending Work on a 
Technical Report" of the W3C Process Document provides more background:
  - http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Process/tr#q75

Note, however, also this sentence earlier in the same section of the 
document: "As a Working Group Note this content is stable. At the 
current stage the Working Group does not plan to make further changes. 
Should the need arise, however, the document could be updated."

I hope this clarifies the somewhat unfortunate wording imposed by the 
W3C Process Document. Please let us know if you have further questions.


On 11.7.2014 18:21, Robison, Cole [EISU] wrote:
> Now that WCAG-EM 1.0 is a published Working Group Note, should the following wording still appear in the "Status of this document" section?
> This is a draft document and may be updated, replaced or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to cite this document as other than work in progress.
> Cole Robison
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Shadi Abou-Zahra - http://www.w3.org/People/shadi/
Activity Lead, W3C/WAI International Program Office
Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG)
Research and Development Working Group (RDWG)
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