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31 August 2004

New documents from the QA Working Group

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Thanks to the huge efforts from Karl, Lynne and Lofton, the Quality Assurance Working Group was able to release a set of new versions of its documents, including a “brand-new” document, Variability in Specifications.

Most of the work has been focused on the Specifications Guidelines, which have gone through a thorough re-design since February, and, much in the spirit of the WebArch document, tries to be both useful and easy to read to convey some of the most important principles to follow when designing a specification to become a standard. The document isn’t fully ready yet, but I expect the on-going work on it will let us publish a Last Call document in October.

3 August 2004

Mailing-list based filtering and IMAP

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Given the big number of mails I receive (around 150 a day), and given that most of it comes from W3C mailing lists (around 80%), I sort all my incoming emails based on the mailing list they were sent to, which allows me to see at a quick glance what mails I should read in priority. Procmail allows to do so quite easily with the following rule:

# filter mail from W3C mailing lists
* ^List-Id: <[a-z0-9-]>
* ^List-Id: </[a-z0-9-]+

(List-Id is a header defined in RFC 2919 precisely to make it possible to handle mailing lists messages)

Picture of Dominique Hazael-MassieuxDominique Hazaël-Massieux ( is part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Staff; his interests cover a number of Web technologies, as well as the usage of open source software in a distributed work environment.