This document explains what is our plan to conduct a successful CR phase for the QA Specification Guidelines and to gather the experience on implementations of these guidelines.
The checkpoints in the Specification Guidelines are derived from practical experience as specification authors and from experience gathered by studying existing W3C specifications, their pitfalls and good practices, as shown in the Examples and Techniques document. In addition, the QA WG has had a pro-active role by making and contributing reviews of documents based on the specification guidelines to Working Groups on some of their recent specifications.
Examples of interaction between the QA WG and other Working Groups:
Besides these interactions with current working groups, reviews on existing recommendations show that at least UAAG1.0 is very close to being AAA conformant to specGL, the main obstacles from being so are based on terminology differences (which specGL enforces on some cases, to ensure a consistent terminology across W3C specifications).
During the CR phase, the QA WG will provide here a complete implementation report for all checkpoints of SpecGL.
We would like by the end of the announced CR period, the 4th Technical Plenary in March 2004, to have at least 5 WGs (try to) implement this CR and provide us with feedback on the utility of the document and their experience in implementing it.
In order to achieve that, we will use various means:
Some people have shown already their interests for these guidelines : WCAG WG and GEO WG. Karl Dubost will join the WCAG F2F to establish an implementation strategy. We also have decided at the last QA WG F2F in Boulder, Colorado, to target the 1st WD of WG. When a 1st WD has been published, someone from the QA WG will approach the WG of the newly published document and promote Spec Guidelines to encourage them to use these guidelines.
Note that this Implementation plan is related but different in nature than the CR exit criteria we have put in the SpecGL status section (which is that all the checkpoints be implemented twice).