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Comment LC-1059

From: Gian Sampson-Wild <gian@tkh.com.au>
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2007 01:37:17 +1000
To: "'Loretta Guarino Reid'" <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Cc: <public-comments-WCAG20@w3.org>
Message-ID: <006901c7bfe3$8beb17f0$b300a8c0@tkhcomputer>

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Comment 37:

Source: http://www.w3.org/mid/000901c69538$2e394450$f4c9b23a@tkhcomputer
(Issue ID: LC-1059)

3.1.4: If information is provided in an abbreviated form without expansion,
then the content is essentially inaccessible to people that cannot interpret
the abbreviation. People who use screen readers and people with cognitive
disabilities often have difficulties interpreting abbreviations.

Proposed Change:

There should be a Level 1 version of this SC which requires that important
abbreviated information is marked up, or expanded the first time it is used
in a page

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Response from Working Group:
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As outlined by the different situations in SC 3.1.4, providing the expansion
for the first use of an abbreviation is only a sufficient technique when the
abbreviation only has one expansion on that web page, e.g., Dr. is only used
as an abbreviation for doctor or for drive, but not for both. Otherwise,
providing the expansion on the first use will be more confusing for users
with cognitive disabilities.
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Response from GSW:
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My comment pertains not to the SC itself but the level it is situated at. I
believe this SC needs to be at Level A
Received on Friday, 6 July 2007 15:37:36 UTC

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