On Thu, Dec 03, 2015 at 11:09:25PM +0100, Tavmjong Bah wrote:
The SVG Working Group will be holding a face-to-face meeting in Sydney
at the beginning of February. I know we've discussed funding SVG
Working Group travel through dedicated fund raising but as that system
is not yet functional
Ah hang on, I think there might be some misunderstanding of what the
funded development tool is for - it's not a fundraising tool, it's more
just a way for targeting already-raised funds to specific development
projects. So, like you'd run a kickstarter or whatever to generate the
funds, then dole the cash out to N different coding tasks that are
defined in the system. It's not intended for doing anything with
conference travel or anything like that. You don't need any specific
tool for that - or, really, we already sorted out the tooling needed for
that when we did the hackfest fundraising.
So, really all you need to do is set up a paypal page like we did for
the hackfest, but reword the text to showcase the importance of the SVG
WG work you're doing. What you've written below makes a great start.
The hackfest donation page is not live but it's still in Django:
Make a copy of that page, replace the text and photo, and have Karen or
Bradley generate a new Paypal widget thingee with its own category
"svg-wg" or whatever. Once you have the page prototyped I can lend a
hand requesting the paypal link if you want - basically karen just needs
to log into the paypal interface and push a few buttons I think.
Then put out a call for funds via blogs and other social media, like we
did for the hackfest. I think a *lot* of people care about SVG, and if
the hackfest fundraising is anything to judge you may well raise a LOT
of donations - which will then be earmarked for your SVG WG trips going
forward. My hope is that this'll get you enough funding that it'll
never have to be a question in the future.
Anyway, that's all I really had in mind when I was suggesting this. If
you've been blocked waiting for the funded dev tools, oops sorry about
By the way, I also created a wiki page with a bunch more fundraising
ideas. I suspect just a plain old direct ask approach will be more than
sufficient but if you want some more creative ways to beat the bushes,
this might give some inspiration:
(and as we've been quite successful in raising
funds the past two years) I would like to see how board members feel
about my asking for funding to travel to this meeting.
The SVG 2 specification is firming up. The one big section that still
needs work is the text chapter. The major difficulty here is the need
to interface to all the relevant CSS text specifications, some of which
are not very far advanced. I've got a ton of issues that need
addressing. At the Sydney meeting there will be a one day joint meeting
with the CSS working group. Being able to sit down with the CSS people
is the best way of making progress.
I've been doing most of the work for the text section. I've had some
help from another group member but he's in the process of ramping down
his participation in the working group. The Sydney meeting is likely
the last meeting he'll attend.
I estimate the cost for attending the Sydney meeting to be about the
same as last year: a bit under $2500 (I was reimbursed $2250 last
Last year's Sydney meeting was very successful from our perspective.
One can read my report at: http://tavmjong.free.fr/blog/?m=201502
year's meeting will be more on dotting the 'i's and crossing the
as we try to get the spec out the door.
BTW, as I work on the spec, I've also been working on Inkscape's text
rendering. I've recently fixed some issues with vertical text as well
as issues with multi-line text. I've also implemented the new 'text-
orientation' attribute and there is a rendering only implementation of
SVG 2.0 wrapped text.
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