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Guideline 1.1 wording [Re: Comments on WCAG 2.0 Guidelines]

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 04 Jul 2007 09:52:26 -0500
Message-ID: <468BB42A.9080303@w3.org>
To: public-comments-wcag20@w3.org

WCAG WG,

Here is a note related to a previous comment that suggests changing
"Guideline 1.1 Provide text alternatives for any non-text content so that it can be changed into other forms people need such as large print, braille, speech, symbols or simpler language"
to
"Guideline 1.1  Provide text alternatives for all non-text content."
at:
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-comments-wcag20/2007Jun/0411.html#options3

In a usability test of the Quick Reference the participant was slowed down and bothered by the extra wording. Even though he is not an accessibility specialist, he already knows about alt text (as will a large percent of the people who will be using WCAG 2.0). He had a few things to say about it, including suggesting a simple example under each one. He concluded with: "It should be 'Guideline 1.1: Provide text alternatives. full stop. Then the rest is underneath it. That way I can skip it if I already grok it."

I agree with keeping the guideline text short and succinct, and putting the other information outside of the guideline text itself. (I envision having an option on the Quick Reference to show brief explanations and examples... but that's another thing...)

~Shawn
Received on Wednesday, 4 July 2007 14:53:18 UTC

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