RE: Proposal for WCAG 2.1 editing / review process

It is worth checking if people who are voting yes are aware that many people from COGA will still not be able to participate.

Please see the minutes from today's AG call for more discussion
All the best

Lisa Seeman

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---- On Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:25:57 +0200  Repsher<> wrote ---- 

    I fully support this new approach.  One request I would have though is to make glossary links work in the Raw Git, preferably by scripting them into the same page, but linking to separate Raw Git versions of each definition would also work.
 Another advantage of the separate file approach is that the commit history for a given SC would be straightforward to see.  We should provide a link to this in the wiki table.
   From: Michael Cooper [] 
 Sent: Monday, March 13, 2017 2:20 PM
 To: AG WG <>
 Subject: Proposal for WCAG 2.1 editing / review process
 I've been working with Andrew on ways to make the WCAG 2.1 source easier to manage proposals for SC. This still uses GitHub features, but should simplify some aspects of it and make it more possible for people to share the effort. I've set up a demonstration of what the files would look like at: 
 You see new subdirectories for "sc" and "terms" which contain files for each proposal - one file for each success criterion or term. The 2.1 stuff is in a "21" subdirectory to make it easier to find them among the 2.0 stuff, which is in a 20 subdirectory. These files are included into the main guidelines document via a script include feature.
 To work on a success criterion, you would edit the file for the particular SC (and any terms if needed) - which is just a snippit of HTML. To help separate all the various pieces of work, you would also edit in a branch that just has the edits for that one SC. In the issue proposal for the SC, it would point (at the top of the issue) to the right place, so people know for sure where the latest version is both for review and for editing. We would give everyone in the WG access to edit these files, so we don't have the problem we've been having with people being unable to update the proposal with the latest version.
 To show what these files look like, the first one alphabetically is:
 This is the file where edits to the proposals would be made. To see what the proposal looks like without raw HTML and the GitHub cruft, you can access the rawgit version of that same file:
 We would make sure links to those are easy to find, and point to them from issues and surveys. SC managers would be able to update the proposal as needed, so we could designate these as the "current version" and avoid the questions we have now about where the latest version actually sits. Anybody in the WG would be able to pitch in and help out if needed. Once the content in these files was approved by the WG, we would simply merge them into the editors' draft (the editors would manage the process of making the include happen in the right place).
 This proposal still uses GitHub, which I know is challenging, but I think is nonetheless a lot easier:
   People can see rendered versions of proposed SC edits rather than having to read HTML source;
 We can reference the files as the official "latest version" so people don't have to look around through issue comments to find it;
 We can use the git history to easily look at older versions of the proposal if needed;
 People can edit either online or locally;
 We don't have to deal with pull requests (and fragmentation of comments);
 It's easier to find the right thing to edit rather than working with the whole guidelines file as people had to do in the previous round;
 The permissions would be set so other people in the WG can help out if people have tool difficulty.
 I wanted to give people an opportunity to look at this and see if it would help our process. It's not perfect, there are still complexities, but I think this structure allows us to support people around the complexities better. If we decide to go ahead with this structure, I'll set things up further so all the working branches exist and the issues are set up to point to the right place, so people can just continue work using this structure.

Received on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 19:55:56 UTC