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Re: QAWG response to OpsGL comments

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@uiuc.edu>
Date: Tue, 05 Aug 2003 08:51:15 -0500
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To: Lofton Henderson <lofton@rockynet.com>
Cc: www-qa-wg@w3.org, ij@w3.org, mcmay@w3.org, Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>


I am not happy with the response to my issue.  If one of the goals of the 
W3C is promoting interoperability part of that needs to include the needs 
of people with disabilities.  It seems to me that part of the quality 
assurance process should be to make sure that the needs of people with 
disabilities is taken into account as part of the recommendation process.

It seems to me based on the resolution [1] that anything a working group 
does not want to test, they can just make an informative part of their 

Two of the stated goals in the charter [2] are:
1. ensuring coordination with W3C Working Groups developing specifications 
(formal channel, appeal);
2. coordinating works with internal W3C horizontal groups: WAI, I18N, TAG 
and Comm Team.

It seems to me that your resolution basically says that a working group 
does not need to deal with accessibility issues if they leave them out of 
the specification, putting the burden back on the limited WAI resources to 
pursue the working group for accessibility issues.  This approach seems 
counter to your stated scope of ensuring coordination with internal W3C 
working group.


[1] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-qa/2003Apr/0054.html
[2] http://www.w3.org/QA/WG/charter#Scope

At 05:12 PM 8/4/2003 -0600, Lofton Henderson wrote:

>Dear Jon,
>The QA Working Group (QAWG) thanks you for your comments on the Last Call 
>Working Draft of "QA Framework:  Operational Guidelines" (OpsGL).  In the 
>"Disposition of Comments" (DoC) document [1], you will find QAWG's 
>response to your comments.  Please note that [1] is for Operational 
>Guidelines only. We will generate separate tables for the Specification 
>Guidelines and Introduction specifications.
>In the descriptive information before the table in [1], you will find a 
>complete description of the contents of the DoC table.  One particular is 
>worth noting.  The table extensively references an Editor's draft of OpsGL 
>[2], to illustrate the resolution of issues.  This draft is stable in 
>substance, although there is still some minor formatting work in progress 
>(especially finishing the application of markup and styling to the 
>guidelines and checkpoints.)
>The deadline for replies to this DoC document is 12pm (noon) EDT, Monday, 
>18 August 2003. Your reply at your earliest convenience — whether you 
>accept QAWG's disposition of your comment(s) or not — will help us to stay 
>on schedule for progression of Operational Guidelines. If we do not hear 
>from you (originator) by the deadline, your default reply is "accept 
>QAWG's disposition of comments".
>If you do not accept QAWG's disposition of your comments, please provide 
>details, including your reasons, and also what change to the disposition 
>would be required to satisfy you.
>Please copy the QAWG list on your reply (www-qa-wg@w3.org -- the Cc: of 
>this message).
>Lofton Henderson
>(QAWG co-chair, for the QAWG).
>[1] http://www.w3.org/QA/WG/2003/08/OpsGL-DoC
>[2] http://www.w3.org/QA/WG/2003/08/qaframe-ops-20030804

Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
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