IRC log of wai-wcag on 2005-03-30

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Meeting: Techniques Task Force weekly telecon
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Chair: Michael
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zakim, this is WCAG
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ok, wendy; that matches WAI_WCAG(techniques)10:00AM
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15:01:21 [ben]
zakim, ??P16 is Ben
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+Ben; got it
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15:02:12 [wendy]
zakim, who's on the phone?
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On the phone I see [Microsoft], [IPcaller], Michael_Cooper, Dave_MacDonald, Ben, Becky_Gibson, Wendy, John_Slatin
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zakim, [Microsoft] is Jenae
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+Jenae; got it
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zakim, IPcaller is Chris
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+Chris; got it
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me/ david is front
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me, test
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agenda+ Work plan
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agenda+ Discuss baseline proposal and implications for techniques
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agenda+ Techniques sorting
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zakim, pick a scribe
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Not knowing who is chairing or who scribed recently, I propose Jenae
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scribe: Becky
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agenda+ Success criteria as checklists
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agenda+ Plan to deal with test cases marked as pending
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15:06:07 [wendy]
zakim, take up item 1
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agendum 1. "Work plan" taken up [from wendy]
15:06:36 [Becky_Gibson]
mc: please get in habit of dialing in and being ready to go at top of hour
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wc: wendy will chair since Michael has little voice
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wc: discuss work plan
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wc: want to go to last call by June; need to consider what we need to do as tech. task force before June
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wc: goal is to have sched. of every wed. until June and agenda, milestones, work items
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wc: need to divy up open bugzilla entries to tackle each week
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ja: what is status of techniques docs before last call
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wc: need html, css, general and Javascript and ideally would like to have another technology as well
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wc: html and css about 100 open items each
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wc: JavaScript has been waiting for the baseline and script alternatives issue to be resolved
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wc: have been discussing with svg group
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wc: voice xml Katie and ? have created document
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wc: lisa has created rdf techs draft; macromedia is working on techs for flash; Loretta is thinking about pdf
15:12:00 [wendy]
ack john
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js: can we tie looking at techs with GL and issues summary to help things go in parallel
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js: for ex: looking at GL 2.1 on Thurs call it might help to look at techs related to 2.1 the same or next week
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wc: techs bugzilla entries aren't tied to particular guidelines - makes it hard to query for techs issues realted to a particular GL
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bc: many issues are global and apply to mulitple techs; might be able to update entry form
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wc: could use keywords to tie tech issue with GL
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js: would help with end to end stuff; but might take more time to set up than it would save
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js: consider it if it isn't too much work to map the issues
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wc: would help to see where we are missing techs and to help close issues we have; sounds like good approach and should consider
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js: anyone think it is a bad idea?
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bc: will help us keep focused and not jump around from week 2 week
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wc: will help with end to end
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js: perhaps Wendy and Ben take an action item to see how hard it would be to categorize techs by GL
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wc: still have to figure out how to divy up work
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wc: do similar to GL end to end where someone looks at issues and makes proposals to solve
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wc: how can we do apply that method to techs
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js: sometimes issue review can be daunting when there are many open issues - having two people, 1 for GL and 1 for techs might help divy up work
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wc: seems analogous to extreme programming - pairs programmers to share ideas and work
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js: extreme issue closing!
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wc: Wendy will look at this - are there other volunteers to help?
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bc: each tech has to be looked at for sorting - can label at the same time?
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ja: what techs have to be done for last call?
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wc: some techs might not be completed ever becuz of changes in tech
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wc: but will change over time
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wc: want techs as complete as possible before we go to rec. minimum is HTML, CSS, and Scripting
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wc: Dean Jackson is willing to work with us but we need to make time to work with him
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ja: what about test suite?
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wc: yes needed for last call; also need CSS and scripting tests;
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wc: feel that at a minimum need html tests and css tests; scripting really depends upon baseline
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wc: techniques could be enough;
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mc: if we go with baseline (in current form) have to modify JS
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mc: need to remind people that we need folks to volunteer and take on tasks in order to reach these goals
15:23:47 [wendy]
zakim, close this item
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agendum 1 closed
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I see 4 items remaining on the agenda; the next one is
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2. Discuss baseline proposal and implications for techniques [from wendy]
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zakim, take up item 2
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agendum 2. "Discuss baseline proposal and implications for techniques" taken up [from wendy]
15:24:01 [Becky_Gibson]
wc: aiming for an hour call today - likely will be 1.5 hours
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mc: should discuss call length at end of call
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wc: discuss baseline proposal and affect on techs
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wc: started that with discussion of JS techs
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mc: want to checkin and see if people have concerns about how baseline decision affect techs
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mc: need to get out a post about baseline and techs
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mc: there are techs for making tech X accessible and techs for what to do if tech X is not supported and techs for what to do when a Ua screws up
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mc: right now we provide all of them but don't necessarily give details about what they are for beyond GL
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mc: so nned to map techs to a given baseline that author selects; perhaps in metadata
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mc: does group have other issues or reactions?
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js: when providing techs for different scenarios Michael outlined are some types more laborious than others?
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wc: hoping we can talk about things in terms of audience and what tools they have
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wc: concern when we talk about UA support
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js: is there a way to do this that doesn't req. exhaustive info about UA support?
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js: what other issues do people have?
15:29:44 [wendy]
bg: when a technology is not supported, providing the alternative is harder to write (those techniques).
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bg: is there a way we can specify technologies vs user agents?
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bg: to say ecmascript 1.3 vs firefox 1.0
15:30:56 [Becky_Gibson]
dm: in HTML techs are we going to add all these if ands & ors? if this is supported do that if y do this
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mc: assume it is in metadata
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dm: how to look at metadata - rdf?
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dm: I'm Joe WebMaster I want to know if I can put a JS menu into my page. Is there a place I can look to figure out what to assume about my audience or policy?
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mc: WCAG provides advice about selecting baseline; onced that's done there are ready made views of the common baselines we need to provide
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dm: so we are into the world of views
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bc: that info should be clear by reading techs; i18n uses lang. like consider doing x to acheive Y and listing pros and cons
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bc: see a fair amt of x-referencing; author reads all techs on technology they are interested in
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dm: one document or many - have we decided?
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dm: each tech in separate file or all together
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wc: on agenda for discussion in future
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wc: have issues when hear "view" - seems over complicated
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mc and wc: agree with
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Ben's suggestion
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dm: going thru techs for accessible JS menu and then at end there is a link to a tech on how to degrade gracefully
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dm: new tech, new document or what?
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bc: in discussion for that tech you might include UA info about support of JS - and might provide link to tech for providing alternatives
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bc: author may or may not use the alternate tech
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dm: but would that be going somewhere else - to another document or is all the info inline?
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bc: I don't think the organization matters as long as all cross linked
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dm: thinking about a person that wants to print out the techs document - one print button to get whole thing - do we want to support that?
15:38:04 [Becky_Gibson]
wc: who as action item to do structural layout?
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js: I have action item for structure of guide doc - but I hope that is all
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bc: I'm willing to work on it
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js: good idea to do comparable example exercise for techniques
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wc: good idea but who can do it and by when?
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js: do we have to answer now?
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mc: having some navigation and knowing it will work is imp
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bc: need agreement on types of techs - sufficient tech and optional tech;
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js: so taxonomy matters more than navigation
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bc: most tech are written in such a way that doesn't work with baseline discussion- often say must do this
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mc: do we have to go thru each tech and say how it might need to be rewritten
15:42:40 [Becky_Gibson]
bc: yes, can talk in generalities about how tasks or titles might be rewritten but will eventually need to get to specifics
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mc: Ben, Becky and Michael have action item to do that
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wc: is there a way to pick 10 HTML techs and get some sense of what the issues are before the Thursday call?
15:43:44 [Becky_Gibson]
wc: Ben may have already done some of this?
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js: structure discussion happens on April 14 and want some prototype stuff for some of the GL 1.1,1.3,2.4 and 4.2 (scribe thinks)
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js: can we look at the techs related to those GL
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dm: techs docs is where all these ifs and ors will come in
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dm: related to baseline decision
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mc: could do all script ones and some from HTML and CSS
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js: what has to happen with techs sorting stuff that was done in Boston - is that enough so don't have to go back to Html and focus on css and scripting
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wc: tomorrow meeting is not about structure; focusing on baseline and effect on techs
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bc: phrasing to me seems to fall into structure; until have done soring we can't really determine phrasing and organization
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js: do similar sorting exercise on CSS and scripting
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bc: sorting ques relate to SC
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bc: need to pick a few SC and look at techs from different technologies
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js: look at some ones as for guide doc: 1.1, 1.3, 2.4, 3.1 and 4.2
15:49:18 [wendy]
15:49:37 [Becky_Gibson]
wc: techs sorting has been covered in this discussion
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bc: that seems to be the next big work item - we should figure out how to assign to members in group to get raw data
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wc: Wendy and Ben work on a plan for that so can assign that out next week
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wc: can spend time now or take offline
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action: wendy and ben figure methodology and plan for techniques sorting assignments
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zakim, take up item 4
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agendum 4. "Success criteria as checklists" taken up [from wendy]
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wc: discussion of how people feel this affects techniques
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mc: just want to have a checkin on this from techs task force
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wc: are there comments or concerns about directon of SC as checklists?
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js: in order to get to recommendation favors the simple checklist - don't think we need annotated one for recommendation
15:53:21 [wendy]
zakim, take up item 5
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agendum 5. "Plan to deal with test cases marked as pending" taken up [from wendy]
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wc: plan to deal with test cases marked as pending
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cr: we have a bunch of tests that are pending; we have 2 steps - 1 we are finished with test, it is good for accessibility and 2 how it fits into WCAG
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js: process reminder - techs task force makes proposals to WG and WG has final say on what is accepted and not
15:56:16 [Becky_Gibson]
js: for recommendation track we need to focus on what should be in WCAG and propose those items to full WG
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cr: what are we going to be polling for? accepted, rejected and optional or do we need more categories?
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cr: is OK if we just stay with those 3?
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wc: what other categories could there be?
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bc: changes in structure related to baseline change where test cases fit in
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bc: for ex: easy to accept test for optional tech but not necessarily for a sufficient tech.
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js: why is one harder than other? is just a test of does the technique accomplish its goal or not?
15:58:40 [wendy]
q+ to say, "tie tests to techniques..part of discussing issues with techniques...end-to-end, etc."
15:58:50 [Becky_Gibson]
js: tech describe how to code things that are sufficient to satisfy a SC
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js: just need to figure out if test really tests the given technique or not
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cr: see tests and techs as being equiv. if techs are req or not req then that is the same for the test
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cr: see the tests as beyond WCAG; if test is good for accessibility but not covered in WCAG it is still useful
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js: but that is outside of our scope given the amount of work we have; keep these tests but doesn't make
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js: sense to have tests techs that we don't have
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cr: how can we figure out now what techs will be included for sure
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wc: back to John's suggestion of having techs calls follow the WG call discussion of GL; test discussion should follow GL discussion as well
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wc: in order to reach last call when tough GL at WG call we need to be closing it; this will help techs close on the issue as well
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ja: but way more techs than there are GL so will take us longer - need to take into consideration
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wc: agreed - need to look at using more polls; and getting people to take assignments and making recommendations;
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wc: like we did when reviewing tests - can we expand to techs; do more work offline so can get to more yes and no decisions at meetings
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cr: keep polling as before? break test into batches?
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wc: not exactly; instead of just looking at tests perhaps look at techniques and related tests
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wc: and follow the WG GL discussions
16:05:19 [wendy]
zakim, who's on the call?
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On the phone I see Jenae, Chris, Michael_Cooper, Dave_MacDonald, Ben, Becky_Gibson, Wendy, John_Slatin, Don_Evans
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ja: is there a way to assign techs and test review based on GL?
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wc: 9 of us and 13 guidelines; but have concerns
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js: think it should at least be a two person group; one can take respon. for techs and someone else takes tests
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wc: Jenae is suggesting breaking up techs by GL
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js: but like earlier idea of assigning at least two people per GL
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wc: need a detailed plan to get from a to b so we can stop talking about process -that is the goal
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wc: at one hour - would like to give remaining time to Ben, Becky, Michael and other to discuss techs before Thurs call
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sees 1 open action item:
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ACTION: wendy and ben figure methodology and plan for techniques sorting assignments [1]
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cr: would like to move ahead but not quite sure how to do it?
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wc: wendy will propose a plan
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js: don't move forward right now with previous test review plans - but hold off until Wendy proposes new plan
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wc: need to get new plan in motion by next week
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action: michael drink lots of throat coat tea to get well soon!
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RRSagent, make log world
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RRSAgent, generate minutes
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I have made the request to generate wendy
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zakim, bye
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leaving. As of this point the attendees were [IPcaller], Michael_Cooper, Dave_MacDonald, Ben, Becky_Gibson, Wendy, John_Slatin, Jenae, Chris, Don_Evans
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RRSAgent, bye
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I see 2 open action items:
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ACTION: wendy and ben figure methodology and plan for techniques sorting assignments [1]
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ACTION: michael drink lots of throat coat tea to get well soon! [2]
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