Is the annotea protocol design useful for supporting annotations of
Documents that discuss the usefulness and relevance of the Annotea
protocol are relevant. Messages pointing out problems with Annotea or
otherwise arguing against its usefulness should provide concrete
examples. Arguments about the future of Annotea are also relevant.
Press releases or annoucements of new projects are not relevant unless
they specifically address a known problem with Annotea.
DOM and DHTML
What is the relationship of the Dynamic HyperText Markup Language
(DHTML) and the Document Object Model (DOM)?
Relevant documents will discuss how DHTML supports the DOM or relates
to the DOM objectives. Any item which presents only DHTML markup
techniques without regard to the standards, effects upon, or intent of
the DOM is not relevant.
language translation guidelines
What guidelines are used to determine how W3C information is
translated into non-origin languages.
E-mails that describe tools used by the W3C to assist in translation
efforts are relevant. Examples of portions of a translated document
used as an example are relevant. E-mails written in foreign
languages, or with an included translation, that do not directly state
how to translate are not relevant.
What are the problems associated with different types of pop-up
blocking software and what are some of the advantages?
E-mails that talk about the advantages and disadvantages or pop-up
blocking software are relevant. E-mails that talk about how pop-ups
work and what the software does to protect the computer is relevant.
Information about viruses, worms, and trojans are not relevant unless
they are specific to a type of pop-up.
XML Query XQuery
What is XML Query (XQuery), and what is it being used for?
Documents that discuss the state of the XML Query specification are
relevant. Applications are relevant if they are discussed, rather
than just being press releases or product announcements. Documents
that discuss the efficiency of XML Query are relevant.
Semantic Web Services applications
What are the applications of semantic web services?
Relevant documents will discuss deployed applications that use
semantic web services. Discussions of the utility and relevance of
semantic web services are relevant. Efficiency concerns and
discussions of implementation issues are also relevant.
UTC GMT local time
What are the problems created by the the differences between UTC, GMT,
and local time?
Relevant documents will address the problem of using UTC, GMT, or
local time and the additional problems that arise with the use of
daylight savings time. Discussions that concern the issue of duration
of time versus a specific date or time are relevant. Also relevant
are documents that discuss the problems involved when the geographic
location is not the same as the time zone set for the computer.
Documents that discuss the time for a chat or for a conference are not
assistive technology evaluation tools
How useful are existing evaluation tools for assistive technology?
E-mails that detail how well assistive technologies assist, adapt, and
rehabilitate devices are relevant. Further, the the processes used in
selecting, locating, and using assistive technology are also relevant.
Information that relates to general or specific flaws or advantages
are relevant. Definitions or assistive technology is not relevant.
Types of evaluation tools and e-mails that do not speak to specific
applications are not relevant.
P3P Recommendation 1.0 1.1
Compare and contrast on P3P Recommendations 1.0 and 1.1.
As a comparison of standards, relevant documents include comparisons,
comments and critiques of P3P 1.0 and P3P 1.1 (the latter of which is
in progress). W3C News Releases that include news items referring to
P3P draft or standards releases are not relevant.
blind HTML authoring tools
What HyperText Markup Language (HTML) authoring tools are suitable for
the visually impaired or blind web designer?
Relevant documents discuss opinions/views of the usefulness of various
HTML web page authoring tools for the blind or visually impaired.
Identifying an authoring tool as being of possible use to the blind or
visually impaired may also be relevant, especially if anyone responds
with further comment about the named tool(s).
multilingual versus international
What are the differences between multilingual texts and
Relevant documents discuss the similarities, differences, and
distinctions between multilingual texts and international ones.
Documents that discuss specific examples are relevant if they address
the two concepts. Both words are used in many contexts – only those
that discuss the similarities and differences are relevant.
What is device independence?
Relevant documents will discuss device independence. Documents that
examine the concept with regard to accessibility are relevant.
Documents that simply define the term or that discuss specific devices
are not relevant.
RDF/XML Syntax Specification
Compares, contrasts updated RDF/XML Syntax Specification with
preexisting RDF recommendations.
W3C issued a RDF/XML specification in 2001-02 that superseded a number
of preexisting RDF recommendations. In comparing the new
specification with earlier specifications, relevant documents may
include references to RDF Schema, revised drafts, RDF syntax, and
document crosslinks (references). Announcements of the release or
publication of specifications are not relevant unless there are
attached comments or responses.
scalable vector graphics
What are the advantages and disadvantages of Scalable Vector Graphics
Discussion of SVG capabilities are relevant. New or proposed SVG
technology is also relevant. Issues surrounding the applications,
programming language, platforms, usability, and functionality of SVG
are also relevant. However, information that talks about competing
technologies are not relevant.
web languages and mobile devices
Discusses the suitability of web languages (such as HTML) for small
hand-held devices such as PDAs and wireless telephones.
The increasing use of web-capable hand-held devices such as PDAs and
wireless telephones has raised questions as to how existing web
programming languages interface with these smaller devices. Some
relevant issues include SVG/PDA, XHTML, minimal browser capabilities,
and mobile multimedia messaging. General documents referring to PDAs
and wireless technology are relevant if they address the display of
web content on those devices.
PICS parental control
Is PICS useful for supporting parental control and other filtering needs?
Relevant documents will discuss whether PICS is useful for
implementing parental content controls and/or other filtering needs.
Especially relevant are successful filtering applications that use
PICS, or demonstrations that PICS is an inadequate solution. Press
releases for PICS-based products are not by themselves relevant.
Resource Description Framework
What are the applications of the resource description framework (RDF)?
Relevant documents will discuss the various applications of the
resource description framework (RDF), and whether RDF is the best
approach for those applications. Questions about how to use RDF are
not relevant. Discussions about the nature of RDF (that is, whether
RDF is in fact a framework, a language, or something else) are
relevant if they are in the context of an application.
Timed Text annotation
Discusses the desirability of including a means of annotating timed
text (subtitles, on-screen ticker-tape, etc).
In drafting a common format for timed text, a question arose over
whether or not to include annotation capability (such as Ruby) for
languages that use ideograms (such as Chinese or Japanese). Relevant
documents should have references to timed text and annotation.
HTTP future web messaging
Is the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) a suitable transport
mechanism for future reliable web messaging?
Relevant items discuss use of the HyperText Transfer Protocol in
future web messaging. Comparisons to current alternative protocols
wherein pros and cons are presented are relevant. Forecasts of future
transport scenarios where HTTP is considered are also relevant. Any
discussion about HTTP other than in consideration as a future
messaging transport mechanism are probably not relevant.
What is the impact of compound documents?
Documents should discuss the impact of compound document formats.
Discussion about exchanging compound documents between users, reading
them in different applications, and the impact on network bandwidth
efficiency are relevant. Documents that merely identify a compound
document format or an application that uses one are not relevant.
Find comments, critique, and discussion on the draft proposal for an
IESG standard on Hit-Metering.
Relevant messages discuss the status of the draft proposal on
hit-metering. Documents discussion hit-metering in general or
implementations are not relevant unless they are in the context of
discussion on the proposed standard.
VoiceXML diacritical marks
Discusses the application of VoiceXML to languages that use
diacritical marks to differentiate meanings between
Voice browsers and speech interface frameworks may not accurately
capture languages such as Chinese, Japanese, and Hebrew, which use
diacritical marks to give different meanings and pronunciation to
words that otherwise use the same characters. Relevant documents
should contain references to diacritical marks. Note that press
releases that refer to Voice XML without comments or responses
attached are not relevant.
CSS1 CSS2 comparison
Compare two W3C recommendations for Cascading Style Sheets (CSS1 and CSS2).
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is an important web programming tool.
W3C issued a recommendation for CSS use (CSS1), and after several
years, drafted a second version (CSS2). Relevant documents should
contain references to CSS1 and CSS2. Of particular interest are
documents that discuss browser capabilities, errors, and UAAG.
Documents discussing translation of CSS1 or CSS2 into foreign
languages are not relevant.
Browser Link Behavior
What are the problems associated with HTML links that behave
differently in different browsers?
Any discussion that relates to specific differences in link behavior
between Mozilla, Netscape, Internet Explorer, or other browsers is
relevant. Attempts to assist by sharing a quick fix, or attempts to
gain assistance for a link problem, are relevant. Information about
upcoming browser advantages are not relevant unless they include a
known correction to a link problem.
WAI guidelines versus standards
Are the Web Accessibility Initiaitive (WAI) guidelines actually
guidelines or standards?
Relevant documents discuss the difference between WAI guidelines and
standards and explain why the author thinks they are one or the other.
Documents that discuss how WAI guidelines can act as standards are
define SOAP headers
What is a SOAP header?
A relevant message defines the structure and/or content of Simple
Object Access Protocol (SOAP) headers. Items discussing HTTP or other
kinds of headers without regard to SOAP are not relevant
Semantic Web services requirements
What are the functional requirements necessary for the future web
architectures for semantic web services?
Relevant documents will argue about functions or functionality needed
in the web architecture(s) expected to support the future semantic web
services concept. Items with only lists of links to possibly related
material will not be considered relevant. Discussions about
prospective web services and related necessary web architecture are
relevant. Semantic web services are relevant but theoretical views
about the "semantic web" (not specifying services or applications) are
web form reset button
What are the arguments regarding use of a reset button in a web form?
Including a reset button on web forms and the effect of that button
within visual and non-visual web presentations is of interest. The
"reset" function (or button) in non-interactive web applications, such
as client server exchanges, etc. is not relevant.
vector graphics raster graphics
What are advantages and disadvantages of vector graphics compared to
Documents that discuss the advantages and disadvantages of raster
graphics and vector graphics or that argue for one or the other are
relevant. Also relevant are documents that discuss how they affect
accessibility. Definitions of one or the other are not relevant
unless they include advantages or limitations. Documents that talk
about only the implementation of vector graphics are not relevant.
P3P vocabulary problems
Is the Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P) Vocabulary sufficient to
adequately satisfy website privacy documentation requirements?
Relevant documents discuss differences in view about the P3P
Vocabulary elements being robust enough to fulfill the future needs of
What is the impact of the W3C's guidelines for internationalization?
The W3C Internationalization Activity proposes guidelines and
techniques for internationalization. What is the impact of these
recommendations? Implementation issues and efficiency concerns are
relevant. Definitions of internationalization are not relevant.
Tidy SourceForge transition
What problems and concerns arose during HTML Tidy's transition from a
personal project to a large open-source effort on SourceForge?
At a certain point, Dave Raggett's HTML Tidy program became popular
enough that development was moved to SourceForge to allow for many
people to easily contribute changes and improvements. E-mails
discussing this transition are relevant. For example, problems
introduced by moving to SourceForge are relevant, as are discussions
of bugs that should be fixed or features that should be introduced now
that Tidy has become a larger project. Discussion of proposed new
features for Tidy is relevant. Questions about how to use Tidy, or
similar programs such as JTidy, are not relevant.
What is Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP), and what are its
advantages and limitations?
E-mails that list the technological specifications of the software,
computer, external devises, and bandwidth are relevant. Any messages
about future developments, the history, or present technology is
relevant. Advertisements are not relevant. Anecdotal information is
not relevant unless specific technical data is related.
Are emoticons and smilies useful and do they promote understanding?
A relevant document will discuss emoticons and smilies as a useful
shorthand means of expression that promotes understanding. Documents
that discuss the negative aspects of the use of emoticons are also
relevant. Documents that just define or list kinds of emoticons are
What are the challenges in providing web access to the cognitively
Relevant documents present arguments and concerns about the challenges
of providing web access to the cognitively disabled web user. A
cognitively disabled user is one with a limited ability to perceive,
recognize, understand, interpret, and/or respond to information. Also
relevant to this query are items wherein defining terminology about
the issues is discussed. Items discussing disabled users, without
specific reference to "cognitive" disabilities are not relevant.
foreign language Ruby translation
Translation of small character annotations (Ruby) into foreign
Relevant documents discuss the translation of small character
annotations (Ruby) into languages other than that of the source
document, for example, Japanese, German, and French.
evaluation of color contrast
How is color contrast evaluated in connection with making documents
accessible for those who are color-blind?
Relevant documents will discuss how to evaluate the color contrast in
a document or web page. Discussions of color contrasts are relevant
if they discuss specific color contrasts as good or bad for
accessibility. They are not relevant if they simply talk about colors
as a way to enhance the look of a document or logo.
VoiceXML development issues
What were the problems discussed during development of the Voice
Extensible Markup Language (VoiceXML, VXML) standards?
VXML development issues and discussions about solutions for those
issues are relevant. Changes to prior versions, problems in version
updating, bugs, etc., incorporated into the latest version (2.0) are
relevant. Any items discussing voice browser/interface or speech
issues related to the VXML 2.0 standards development are relevant
also. Speech recognition grammar and the speech interface framework
may be relevant but only if in regards to problems about the VXML
canonical XML draft
Discusses issues raised in response to the proposed release of a draft
recommendation for Canonical XML.
The release of a draft recommendation for the use of Canonical XML
triggered discussion in a number of areas. Relevant documents include
references to XML signature use, 118N working group, serial
canonicalization, and Infoset. Announcements and calls for comment
referring to Canonical XML draft releases are not relevant unless they
have comments attached. Messages discussing foreign-language
translations are not relevant.
What are the consequences of placing intellectual property on the Internet?
Relevant documents will discuss the legal, economic, and social
ramifications of intellectual property on the Internet. Discussions
indicating what changes occur with regards to copyright once someone
places a document on the Internet are relevant. Discussions about the
impact of the Internet on the idea of intellectual property are also
Which languages or scripts are right-to-left (RTL)?
Documents are relevant if they define which languages are RTL or if
they discuss whether one should refer to "RTL languages" or "RTL
scripts." Not relevant are discussions about mixed RTL/LTR scripts,
for example a text that is written in a LTR language, such as English,
but that includes a few RTL words in another language, such as Hebrew.
Discussions about texts that are written in a RTL language but include
numbers that are written LTR (example: Arabic) are not relevant.
web services orchestration choreography
Comparatively, what is the relationship of web services orchestration
Relevant documents will relate and compare web orchestration and web
choreography as the two terms pertain to user agents or web
services/applications interacting on the future web. Documents
discussing only orchestration or choreography alone are not relevant.
Domain name assignment
What is the best way to assign domain names?
Documents must discuss best practices for assigning domain names to
computers. Other kinds of domains, such as knowledge domains or
ontologies, are not relevant. Documents may argue for naming by
location or by function.
How do you make sure that icons are accessible and easy to use?
Discussions about sizes, colors, etc of specific icons and logos are
relevant if they talk about why they aid accessibility for a certain
disability, such as blindness or attention deficit disorder. They are
not relevant if they simple talk about preferring certain colors or
size without mentioning the why in connection with a disability. Nor
are discussions relevant if they simply talk about how much space a
logo takes up.
What is the definition of reification?
Relevant messages contain debate regarding how to define reification.
Currently, there is not a universal definition. However, attempts to
define the word, details surrounding reification, and illustrative or
subjective arguments qualify as relevant. E-mail messages which do
not contribute to the debate are not relevant.
mobile device keyboards
How can keyboard commands be made available to applications that run
on mobile devices that have a limited (or no) keyboard?
Discussions that attempt to solve the problem are relevant. E-mails
that consider the functionality and usability of keyboard commands on
mobile devises are relevant. E-mails that list the potential flaws
and benefits to using mobile mobile devises for keyboard applications
are relevant. E-mails that only discuss what different kinds of
mobile devises are not relevant.
What are the problems and issues related to screen readers?
E-mail discussions that mention the various challenges involving
screen readers are relevant. However, specific details about the
functionality of particular screen reader programs are not relevant.
E-mails which do not mention screen readers, or only list information
which do not either identify or seek to correct potential issues, are
HTML and XHTML
Compare, discuss, comment, critique XHTML in relation to HTML.
XHTML introduces XML into the existing HTML Web language. Relevant
documents compare the XHTML and HTML, discuss XHTML attributes, XHTML
in regard to accessibility, and RDF/XHTML.
What are the advantages of OWL for specifying ontologies?
Documents that discuss how OWL offers improved facilities for ontology
specification are relevant. Discussions regarding the value of
proposed new features to OWL are also relevant. Documents that argue
for how to keep OWL relevant into the future are relevant.
preferred document language
How does a user get a document served in the preferred language?
Relevant documents will discuss language negotiation and how to
customize a browser for a preferred language. Documents that discuss
the difficulties of language selection and the problems involved with
a browser's default language are also relevant. The key is how to get
the document in the right language for the user. Not relevant are
documents that address the capability of supporting documents in