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Re: Editor's drafts on /TR/… ftw, was Re: new TR tools and editor's drafts?

From: Robin Berjon <robin@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:24:13 +0200
Message-ID: <51D425FD.5040702@w3.org>
To: shane@aptest.com
CC: Shane McCarron <ahby@aptest.com>, Simon Sapin <simon.sapin@exyr.org>, Marcos Caceres <w3c@marcosc.com>, "spec-prod@w3.org Prod" <spec-prod@w3.org>, Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>, Tantek Ηelik <tantek@cs.stanford.edu>, fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
On 03/07/2013 15:07 , Shane McCarron wrote:
> I agree with much of this.  However, I would not like to see working
> groups be able to update documents in the final states of the process
> (e.g., CR, PR, REC, PER) without staff review and approval.  Those are
> the lawyer documents, and W3C has liability and responsibility.

Certainly, and the steps above also include FPWD (since that's a very 
fundamental trigger in the patent policy). In any case, doing anything 
else for the above would involve changing the Process, which is pretty 
much what I'm hearing everyone says we shouldn't do. We're essentially 
talking about WD updates.

Ideally, pressing the button would:

• Pull a given commit from a git repo.
• Run the generation tool if it's one of the supported ones (otherwise 
you provide HTML).
• Run some minimal pubrules (HTML validity and checking that some basic 
elements of the headers are correct — nothing more). Reject if fails.
• Publish.

To be fair though, in the past few years (before joining the Team) I've 
never had to wait more than 24h before releasing a WD. DAP had its calls 
on Wednesday afternoons Paris time, and we always made the Thursday 
publication window. Beyond the advantages in simplicity in letting 
groups push WDs out by themselves (if nothing else it would free up time 
for the webmaster to do more interesting things), it might be useful to 
figure out why some groups seem to need much more time than that. Not 
knowing those problems, it's a definite possibility that they won't go 
away if we add automation.

Robin Berjon - http://berjon.com/ - @robinberjon
Received on Wednesday, 3 July 2013 13:24:28 UTC

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