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Re: Errata and future versions

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2003 17:37:35 -0700
Cc: WAI-IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
To: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Message-Id: <B68BA30E-A900-11D7-86E4-0003930E8CF0@idyllmtn.com>

On Friday, June 27, 2003, at 02:48  PM, Joe Clark wrote:
> OK, for example, these two messages--
> <http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-ig/2003AprJun/1132..html>
> <http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-ig/2003AprJun/1135..html>
> -- discuss the errors in WCAG 1.0, and Phill mentioned the idea of 
> errata for WCAG 1.0, which someone else had brought up a while ago. 
> Kynn, I think.
> So: What are we gonna do here?
> 1. Divert mindshare and time to produce a WCAG 1.0 errata document, 
> [...]
> 2. Keep working on WCAG 2.0 such that 2.0 includes all the fixes for 
> the errata of 1.0.

Technically there is already an errata for WCAG 1.0, but I think that
a cohesive effort needs to be made in order to fold those problems,
and other issues, back into the original WCAG 1.0 and issue not an
errata, but a "second edition."

Many major W3C recommendations (such as XHTML 1.0) have published
"second editions" which don't increment the version number -- they
remain 1.0 -- but which clear up problems, confusion, or errors in
the original document.

This is the approach that should be taken with WCAG 1.0, in preparation
for WCAG 2.0 -- I think that by explicitly identifying and solving
the small changes in WCAG 1.0, it will actually help to produce a
cleaner, tighter, and more usable WCAG 2.0 eventually, somewhere
down the road.

As Tina said, we're going to be stuck with WCAG 1.0 for a while,
and it's important that the W3C be seen as properly managing that
document throughout its lifetime.  (This also involves giving
definitive, but date-specific, information on the "until user
agent" clauses in WCAG 1.0.)


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