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[actf-dev] ACTF restructure update

All:

As documented in an initial posting to this list on Jan 15, 2010 [1] and, more formally, to the Technology PMC mailing list [2], and as discussed on an Eclipse ACTF teleconference held on Jan 22 2010 [3], the Eclipse ACTF project will be restructured in order to reflect changing priorities and resources within the IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center and to ensure that no bariers exist to the project's successful graduation.

I have slightly modified the original proposal given comments from members of the Technology PMC. No other comments have been received and so the actual implementation of the proposed restructure will commence at the end of this week, barring any other objections or concerns.

Modified Proposal for Restructuring:

The HA&AC will no longer actively participate in this project and, therefore, our contributions, which consist entirely of work done by IBM commiters and contributors and have no down stream dependencies or consumers of which we are aware, will be removed from the ACTF project. In particular, we are proposing the following:

1. Remove from the Eclipse CVS repository the ACTF Java Validation Componentry (Javaco) feature and its related plugins and resources. The ACTF community, with input from the IBM HA&AC, will maintain control over decisions about the project's future reactivation or enhancement (should further requirements arise and resources permit). The last release of this componentry (v0.4.0), both its binary and SDK versions, will remain on the Javaco downloads page [4] with a notice that the componentry is no longer actively developed or supported. All plugins, features, and other artifacts related to this componentry will be available in a single archive file via archive.eclipse.org and will be moved to that repository after Feb 19, 2010. Notice of this relocation will also be explicitly noted on the Javaco downloads page.

2. Remove from the Eclipse CVS repository the ACTF Web Validation Componentry (Webelo) feature and its related plugins and resources. The ACTF community, with input from the IBM HA&AC, will maintain control over decisions  about the projectthe 's reactivation or enhancement (should further requirements arise and resources permit). The last release of this componentry (v0.2.0), both its binary and SDK versions, will remain on the Webelo downloads page [5] with a notice that the componentry is no longer actively developed or supported. All plugins, features, and other artifacts related to this componentry will be available in a single archive file via archive.eclipse.org and will be moved to that repository after Feb 19, 2010. Notice of this relocation will also be explicitly noted on the Webelo downloads page.

3. Remove from the Eclipse CVS repository the ACTF Accessibility Probe (AccProbe) RCP application as well as its related plugins and resources. AccProbe will remain an Eclipse RCP application but further development and enhancements will be directed by the IBM HA&AC and by the IAccessible2 community residing at the Linux Foundation [6] and in a code repository designated by that organization. The last release of AccProbe (v0.4.4), both its binary and SDK versions, will remain on the AccProbe downloads page [7] with a notice that the new home of AccProbe is the Linux Foundation.

Of course, any plugins or resources that are shared between our components and components thus far developed by other teams within IBM or by external committers will remain in the Eclipse CVS repository hosting ACTF and these can be developed as their leads see fit.

Time table:

1. host a phone conference for the ACTF community and other interested parties regarding this matter (see note [3])
2. receive any objections to this proposal within four weeks of the date of this proposal's being discussed on said teleconference
- see thread regarding concern expressed by Wayne Beaton, Technology PMC [8] addressed by above move of dormant components and artifacts to archive.eclipse.org
3. alert the ACTF community of any changes or updates given feedback to this proposal and adjust time table accordingly
- this posting shall constitute such a notification and no adjustments to the time table seem necesssary
4. once all objections and concerns have been addressed, implement the above restructuring
- this will begin next week, week of Feb 22 and shall consist of:
1. archiving and then moving dormant features, plugins, and related artifacts to archive.eclipse.org [9]
2. updating download pages for Javaco, Webelo, and AccProbe with notifications of both their dormancy and the location of their respective archives

[1] http://dev.eclipse.org/mhonarc/lists/actf-dev/msg00271.html
[2] http://dev.eclipse.org/mhonarc/lists/technology-pmc/msg02331.html
[3] http://dev.eclipse.org/mhonarc/lists/actf-dev/msg00276.html
[4] http://www.eclipse.org/actf/downloads/components/javaco/index.php
[5] http://www.eclipse.org/actf/downloads/components/webelo/index.php
[6] http://www.linuxfoundation.org/collaborate/workgroups/accessibility/iaccessible2
[7] http://www.eclipse.org/actf/downloads/tools/accprobe/index.php
[8] http://dev.eclipse.org/mhonarc/lists/technology-pmc/msg02332.html
[9] http://dev.eclipse.org/mhonarc/lists/technology-pmc/msg02355.html

--> Mike Squillace
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