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Re: What are the requirements/problems? Re: Working on New Styles for W3C Specifications

From: Eric Johnson <eric@tibco.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2011 22:20:20 +0100
Message-ID: <4ED7EF94.3040204@tibco.com>
To: Marcos Caceres <w3c@marcosc.com>
CC: "chairs@w3.org" <chairs@w3.org>, "spec-prod@w3.org" <spec-prod@w3.org>
Well, to really shoot for the moon...

On 12/1/11 6:19 PM, Marcos Caceres wrote:
> THE FUNCTION OF THE SPECIFICATION IS BROKEN -*NOT JUST THE FORM*  (i.e., not so much the stylesheet).
Right. Here we are in the age of the read/write web, and yet if a spec 
user wants to annotate a specification, how do they do that? They have 
to print to paper or PDF.

The ideal in usability would be to let people annotate the 
specification, and then choose who they wish to share those annotations 
with (authors, public, only themselves). For W3C sanity, the annotated 
version wouldn't be at the official URL....

That, of course, would lead the way to collecting information about what 
parts of the spec are hard to understand, so that a future update to the 
spec could perhaps address that.

Of course, that's a lot of work, and not straightforward at all, but 
would definitely serve the function of the specification.

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