Offer to draft HTML5 text to address WAI's accessibility technical concerns

Hi Manu,

We are very pleased with your willingness to collaborate on a HTML5
draft that addresses accessibility technical concerns.

By way of this email, we are forwarding your kind offer [1] to Judy
Brewer, WAI Director; Janina Sajka,  Protocols & Formats Working Group
Chair; and the PF working group for their consideration.

Thank you very much.

Best Regards,

-- Forwarded message --
From: Manu Sporny <>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009 15:20:08 -0400
Subject: Re: PROPOSAL: Procedure to Promote Progress With
Accessibility Issues in HTML5
To: Sam Ruby <>
Cc: Laura Carlson <>, Ian Hickson
<>, Chris Wilson <>, HTML WG
<>, W3C WAI-XTECH <>,, Janina Sajka <>, "Michael(tm)
Smith" <>, Dan Connolly <>, Michael Cooper
<>, Gez Lemon <>, Robert J Burns
John Foliot <>

Sam Ruby wrote:
>> 1. Is the call for more editors collaborating to produce documents
>> genuine or is it a thinly veiled attempt at something else?
> If you can find a way to collaborate with Ian (or Manu or Maciej or
> anybody else that has produced a document), that clearly is best.  If
> not, producing a document that has a clear division of labor with one or
> more existing documents is the next best alternative (Manu, for example,
> has attempted to do both).

Laura, John, Steve,

I would be delighted to work with PFWG and WAI to directly author
language into the HTML5 specification (as both an integrated section and
stand-alone module -- as was done with RDFa[1][2]). The goal would be to
produce a draft document that goes some way towards addressing your
technical concerns.

I do not see this as a long-term solution to a majority of the process
concerns that each of you have raised, so please note this as an aside
to the conversation currently going on.

Just offering to help, if I may be of assistance.

-- manu


PS: My time to help draft language is limited, as this is not my day job.

Manu Sporny (skype: msporny, twitter: manusporny)
President/CEO - Digital Bazaar, Inc.
blog: Bitmunk 3.1 Released - Browser-based P2P Commerce
-- End forwarded message --


Laura L. Carlson

Received on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 08:40:33 UTC