On 03/29/2013 08:15 AM, Bryen M Yunashko wrote:
Thank you for adding my proposal to the Board's agenda regarding
accessibility. Having read the minutes, I think I need to clarify some
First of all, my proposal isn't about the creation of an a11y team, and
I do agree with you that things should not be where the buck gets
passed. However, I think it is a misnomer to assume that all things
a11y-related have to be dealt with by an a11y team.
I don't think we suggested the creation of an a11y team, only pointed
out that we do not have one.
My proposal is to create a new severity level that addresses a11y as a
severity, rather than creating a new category. Too often, reporting a
bug as normal, major, or critical oftentimes does not fit into the
severity impact of an accessibility bug.
Ooops misunderstanding. Anyway, the mail to -factory has been sent and a
discussion has been started.
Personally I think having an a11y severity might be confusing unless it
would be defined to be equivalent to one of the existing levels. For
better or worse people have been trained that we have the existing
levels and thus would inevitably ask is a11y severity more or less than
critical, or major, or ....
> I recognize that simply marking the
severity level as Accessibility
> doesn't guarantee that the bug gets fixed. That's still up to the team
> to decide, and I am not asking the Board to get into some kind of
> enforcement mode to try to force teams to address a11y bugs. I'm merely
> asking that we establish an easier way for users to report a11y bugs
> more comfortably as well as an easier way for teams to be aware of the
> existence of a11y bugs.
Well, it is technical in a sense that the bugs should be addressed. All
board members o the call were in agreement that this is a technical
issue. Additionally, just providing window dressing does not really
help. Meaning, if we add an a11y severity and than treat it as severity
0.5 we all know that those bugs will not get fixed. In that case why
bother? Just to improve the filing experience and pretend we care? I am
personally not in favor of a window dressing approach.
IMHO we either make a commitment that these bugs are important and
reflect the importance in bugzilla, or we decide they are not important
and people that need a11y are on their own. I'd prefer a commitment by
the development community that these bugs are "somewhat special" and
deserve a high priority.
I hardly think that's a technical matter the
board would be advocating here. Only simply a one-addtional item in the
Well, "only simply one additional item in the severity list" could
possibly be achieved by filing a bug report against bugzilla. But is
that what you really are after, a "we pretend it matters" entry?
Robert Schweikert MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU
SUSE-IBM Software Integration Center LINUX
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