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RE: Straw man list for WCAG.NEXT, another proposal...

From: White, Jason J <jjwhite@ets.org>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2016 23:50:07 +0000
To: David MacDonald <david@can-adapt.com>, WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, WCAG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, John Foliot <john.foliot@deque.com>, Andrew Kirkpatrick <akirkpat@adobe.com>
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From: David MacDonald [mailto:david@can-adapt.com]
Sent: Friday, April 08, 2016 7:01 PM

I *don't* think we should be saying we'll have 2 or 3 new versions of WCAG in the next 3 years... it is incredibly expensive and time consuming for stakeholders to update policy, legislation, and their web sites every year... if we're not ready to incorporate all the task force work then lets wait to release the next version we are
Currently there is *no* model that says we will have one important 2.x release that incorporates *all* the task force work. I think that needs to be discussed... I put up a WIKI page here, and would like to see this added to the straw man list...


I think this is the most realistic model, and very similar to what I was proposing in having a single extension document. I’ve actually been through the experience (once only) of taking a document all the way to W3C Recommendation. It was WCAG 1.0, and I was a working group participant at the time.

I would like to back up everything that Gregg Vanderheiden says, in his wise words of advice, about what is involved in achieving it – not to discourage anyone, but to point out how complex an undertaking it is. Gregg has worked through the process at least twice, and as Co-Chair on both occasions, an achievement which is deserving of an award in my opinion.

Expect controversy, potentially large numbers of comments, and schedules that can so easily slip… significantly.

If you want a current example, have a look at what is happening today in ARIA 1.1 in terms of its planned completion schedule; and ARIA has been progressing according to schedule to a much greater extent than certain other specifications have done.


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