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Re: Accessibility Test Suite

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2005 11:30:55 +0100
Message-ID: <43995CDF.4020400@w3.org>
To: Paul Walsh <paul.walsh@segalamtest.com>
Cc: 'Chris Ridpath' <chris.ridpath@utoronto.ca>, 'WAI ER IG List' <public-wai-ert@w3.org>, sorchamoore@segalamtest.com, davidrooks@segalamtest.com, Wendy Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>


Paul Walsh wrote:
> The following text has been taken from the first paragraph; "This test
> suite represents the best thinking of the Web Content Accessibility
> Guidelines Working Group and as such is the only method for testing
> conformance to WCAG 2.0.

According my understanding of the introduction to this document given by Chris during the previous ERT WG discussion, this test suite does *not* actually represent the thinking of the WCAG WG. It has been submitted to WCAG WG and is still being processed by the group. Several tests have not been reviewed or even presented to the WCAG WG yet.

It seems also somewhat unusual to claim that this work represents the best thinking of the WCAG WG, yet the WCAG WG (i.e. W3C) does not own the intellectual property rights. However, I do not have much knowledge of copyrights.

> The contents of this document is *not* the *only* method for testing
> conformance to WCAG 2.0.

Good point but I want to divert this type of conformance discussion to WCAG WG (I am CC'ing Wendy Chisholm, the staff contact for WCAG WG).


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