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Re: Accessibility Test Suite

From: Chris Ridpath <chris.ridpath@utoronto.ca>
Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2005 09:08:47 -0500
Message-ID: <060b01c5fcca$12d772b0$e29a968e@WILDDOG>
To: "Paul Walsh" <paul.walsh@segalamtest.com>, "'WAI ER IG List'" <public-wai-ert@w3.org>
Cc: <sorchamoore@segalamtest.com>, <davidrooks@segalamtest.com>

Paul,

> I have a problem with some of the wording in
> the Introduction section.
>
This is still very much draft text and most of it was lifted from the 
techniques document
http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-WCAG20-HTML-TECHS-20050630/
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Paul Walsh" <paul.walsh@segalamtest.com>
To: "'Chris Ridpath'" <chris.ridpath@utoronto.ca>; "'WAI ER IG List'" 
<public-wai-ert@w3.org>
Cc: <sorchamoore@segalamtest.com>; <davidrooks@segalamtest.com>
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 8:41 PM
Subject: RE: Accessibility Test Suite


> Chris,
>
> I have a problem with some of the wording in the Introduction section.
> 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.
>
> The contents of this document is *not* the *only* method for testing
> conformance to WCAG 2.0.  As a conformance specialist and 10 years
> experience in test management of Web sites and technologies, I strongly
> disagree with your statement. Therefore, I would like to propose the
> following text: "This test suite represents the best thinking of the Web
> Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group and as such is the
> *recommended approach* for testing conformance to WCAG 2.0.
>
> It's not important to give reasons why I hold this opinion, as you can't
> profess to know the 'only' method to validate anything.  I'm sure this
> was an oversight, but thought I'd bring it to your attention. If only I
> had time to read the rest of the document! :)
>
> My team is busy building lots of good stuff that you will soon hear
> about (possibly use), so resource is tight - although Sorcha and/or
> David will gladly help with document reviews.
>
> Thanks,
> Paul
>
>
>
>      -----Original Message-----
>      From: public-wai-ert-request@w3.org
> [mailto:public-wai-ert-request@w3.org] On
>      Behalf Of Chris Ridpath
>      Sent: 06 December 2005 20:01
>      To: WAI ER IG List
>      Subject: Accessibility Test Suite
>
>
>      On tomorrow's telecon [1] I'd like to give an overview of the
> accessibility
>      test suite that we've been working on.
>
>      The test suite can currently be found at:
>      http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/tests/
>
>      The test suite can be used to test HTML content for conformance to
>      accessibility guidelines like the WCAG. It's not WCAG specific
> though and
>      can be used on other accessibility guidelines like 508 as well.
>
>      One of the problems with current accessibility guidelines is that
> they are
>      open to interpretation and we all interpret the guidelines
> differently. One
>      tool may claim that a page fails the guideline while another tool
> claims
>      that it passes. The test suite is designed to remove this
> ambiguity and
>      create a standard that can be used by all.
>
>      I'll give an overview of how the test suite was developed and how
> it may be
>      used by other tool creators in the group.
>
>      Cheers,
>      Chris
>
>      [1]
> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-wai-ert/2005Dec/0008.html
>
>
>
> 
Received on Friday, 9 December 2005 14:10:13 GMT

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