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Re: "Publishing and Linking on the Web Draft Published" in W3C news

From: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2012 20:43:06 -0400
To: ashok.malhotra@oracle.com
Cc: "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
Message-ID: <1348360986.2106.24413.camel@dbooth-laptop>
Hi Ashok,

At present the abstract is written more as a neutral statement of the
rationale for the document, so it does not fill this function.  The
conclusions at the end come much closer, as they summarize the resulting
points.  But since they're at the end I'm concerned that many policy
makers would never get that far to read them.


On Fri, 2012-09-21 at 17:19 -0700, Ashok Malhotra wrote:
> Thanks, David!
> The abstract should cover what you are looking for but let's take a look and
> see if an additional Executive Summary would be beneficial.
> All the best, Ashok
> On 9/21/2012 3:03 PM, David Booth wrote:
> > This is a comment on
> > http://www.w3.org/TR/2012/WD-publishing-linking-20120918/
> >
> > I applaud the TAG and the authors/editors (Ashok Malhotra, Larry
> > Masinter, Jeni Tennison and Daniel Appelquist) for the work on this
> > document.  I think this is a particularly difficult document to write,
> > but very important.  Thank you!  Although I have not read it in detail,
> > after skimming through it I do have one suggestion.
> >
> > How about putting an executive summary up front, with the key points in
> > simple, non-technical (or minimally technical) language?
> >
> > Since this document is intended "to inform future social and legal
> > discussions of the Web", and most of the people involved in such
> > discussions are likely to have minimal technical understanding of the
> > web (or willingness to understand it), I think such a summary could be
> > quite helpful.  At present, the document reads very much like a
> > technical specification -- which on the one hand is unavoidable -- but I
> > cannot imagine policy makers, news reporters or others of mass influence
> > getting through it.
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> >

David Booth, Ph.D.

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