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Re: Contributing to W3C and WAI work [was Re: w3.org site-wide markup review?]

From: Chris Beer <chris@e-beer.net.au>
Date: Fri, 04 Feb 2011 20:56:15 +1100
Message-ID: <4D4BCD3F.3020006@e-beer.net.au>
To: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
CC: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, site-comments@w3.org
Hi Shawn

Thanks for the response. I realise that a formal "adopt a page" program 
would require a considerable resource investment from the W3 to define, 
set up and manage, but as they say, from little things, big things grow.

Before I make another suggestion - could you prehaps give the lists an 
indication of the current volume of request for code or simple content 
updates (simple errors, spelling and grammar fixes etc) that the 
site-comments area receives a month, as well as your rough level of 
resourcing that you have to deal with these. I think it would be of 
great help to the community if it realised the kind of limitations you 
are operating under, as well as the general feedback an enterprise level 
operation such as the W3 site receives in that regard.

Having just come from a high-volume Australian government web publishing 
area, I know how hard it can be to get through each and every request. 
And we have no where near the 80,000 pages (based on a google search of 
site: w3.org) the W3 has as publically facing.

My next suggestion is to not let the adopt a page idea die. If the site 
comments area would be kind enough to set up a general access wiki page 
for those who do have current W3 wiki accounts, prehaps we can use this 
simple beginning to start with a list of pages we as members are willing 
to become a friend for, and review - simple beginnings, but it will keep 
the idea going, and start to engage the community in an organised manner 
while other options continue to be explored.

If needed, I would be happy to put myself forward (as I'm sure many 
others would) as one of a number of initial co-ordinators for such an 
activity - namely just making sure that members aren't doubling up on 
pages, keeping track of work completed, and making sure we are keeping 
to only code  validation and spelling/grammar fixes.

Kind regards

Chris Beer
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On 2/4/2011 11:14 AM, Shawn Henry wrote:
>  WAI Interest Group participants,
> It's nice to see the interest in contributing to W3C work in the 
> recent e-mail thread.[1] W3C (including WAI) has been exploring 
> options for expanding community input opportunities. We're working out 
> how to support more community involvement within the confines of 
> limited W3C staff resources and significant other work priorities.
> While a formal "adopt a page" program would require a considerable 
> amount of time for W3C staff to define, set up, and manage (including 
> reviewing all proposed changes before posting them live), anyone is 
> welcome to review whichever pages you would like and send your 
> comments to: site-comments@w3.org
> We often fix simple errors within a few hours. Some suggestions 
> require quite a bit of time and deliberation; for example, where there 
> are reasons for and against different options (which the commenter may 
> or may not know about). These suggestions are prioritized based on 
> other work in queue.
> For those who want to help, there are other ways as well. For example, 
> WAI needs your help reviewing drafts, proposing techniques, and much 
> more. See:
> * Participating in WAI - http://www.w3.org/WAI/participation (we also 
> welcome suggestions to make this page more friendly and clear -- 
> that's on our To Do list, although not near the top right now)
> * E-mail asking for web accessibility advocates, developers, trainers, 
> educators, evaluators, researchers, and editors to help EOWG - 
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-eo/2010OctDec/0002.html
> * Documents Under Review by WAI IG - http://www.w3.org/WAI/IG/#docs
> We hope you can find an appropriate way to get involved now, and we 
> look forward to sharing more opportunities in the future.
> Regards,
> ~Shawn
> Shawn Lawton Henry
> W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
> e-mail: shawn@w3.org
> phone: +1.617.395.7664
> about: http://www.w3.org/People/Shawn/
> [1]
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject:     Re: w3.org site-wide markup review?
> Resent-Date:     Tue, 01 Feb 2011 23:15:38 +0000
> Resent-From:     w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Date:     Wed, 02 Feb 2011 10:14:10 +1100
> From:     Chris Beer <chris@e-beer.net.au>
> All
> Why not start an "adopt a page" concept - members orgs and regular 
> users could adopt a page or a number of pages and check validity and 
> currency. Source code changes could simply be sent in and the page 
> re-uploaded with the new code.
> Just a thought. :)
> Chris

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