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Clarification of process for raising html5 accessibility related issues

From: Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 09:37:02 +0100
Message-ID: <55687cf80806130137k481ea0a9s48b027f830c06e9@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Al Gilman" <Alfred.S.Gilman@ieee.org>, wai-liaison@w3.org, www-archive <www-archive@w3.org>, "Michael(tm) Smith" <mike@w3.org>, "Chris Wilson" <Chris.Wilson@microsoft.com>
Cc: "Ian Hickson" <ian@hixie.ch>, "Laura Carlson" <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>, "Joshue O Connor" <joshue.oconnor@cfit.ie>, "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <oedipus@hicom.net>

Over the past few weeks there has been discussion in the PF WG and the
HTML WG about how to best raise/open and track issues related to
accessibility features in HTML5 and if they are substantive [1] keep
them open until they are resolved by HTML WG decision rather than at
the discretion of the HTML5 editor.

>From my understanding of what has been agreed [2], such issues will be
added to the HTML Issue tracker [3] when they are raised. They then
will remain open until they are resolved.

How does an issue get on the tracker?
This appears to be largely at the discretion of the chairs, unless the
issue is raised by a request from other WGs.

So how is a HTML WG member to go about getting an issue on the tracker?

I would suggest this process:

1. Raise an issue/proposal on the HTML WG mailing list or Bug tracker
2. If it there is no response from the HTML5 editor after a reasonable
period of time or dismissed by the HTML5 editor and the HTML WG
member(s) involved think it has not been  dealt with in a manner that
takes into account implications for accessibility, (for example, a
decision puts the needs of browser vendors before the needs of people
with disabilities),  then email the PF WG for advice on the matter.
3. the PF WG will consider the matter, if they think it is a
substantive issue that needs further consideration, a formal request
will be sent to the HTML WG.

[1] substantive issues include those that are likely to be the basis
of formal objections at last call or have been formally raised by
other working groups such as the PF WG.
[2] http://www.w3.org/2008/06/12-html-wg-minutes.html
[3] http://www.w3.org/html/wg/tracker/

with regards

Steve Faulkner
Technical Director - TPG Europe
Director - Web Accessibility Tools Consortium

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