See minutes online for a more detailed record of the discussions.
Remembering Robin Seaman
Robin Seaman, from Benetech, passed away last week (see a separate obituary). She was a tremendous person, and will be missed. She changed the world by her devotion to accessible publishing. R.I.P.
As part of the explainer documents it is important to have a clear idea of the scope of the work for the WG for the second half of its chartered time. This was the main topic of the discussion.
A preliminary draft for a scope was put forward by Tzviya Siegman and Ivan Herman (Tzviya has added a section on modularity into the current explainer document, and Ivan’s documented his views as a more detailed proposal in a separate text). The overall approach is:
- The current WP draft should concentrate on a Web Publication Manifest only (probably with a change in title).
- The work on audio books should be in a separate, Rec-track document as its own profile, and is the main subject of work for 2019.
- A document on packaging should be developed, aimed at Web Publications in general (the format to be decided soon).
- The group may/should also look at other profiles as they come up (visual narrative, scholarly, educational) but not as a Rec track in this charter period.
- The section on affordances of the current draft should migrate into either a separate Note or merged with the UCR Note
Other profiles, adoption of Web Packaging, etc, would be the subject of a possible rechartered group in 2020.
There was an overall agreement with this line of scope and work, and it was agreed that the scoping statements would be merged/added with the explainer; this is important for a TAG review of the group’s work.
There were also some further discussions on whether it is important/possible to re-base the work on the manifest on an abstract data model (Dave Cramer has written a first draft). The discussions were not fully conclusive, but a data model part may become the subject of a separate Note or be incorporated into the document on Web Publication Manifest.