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Re: Accessibility Tests For Stanca Act

From: Chris Ridpath <chris.ridpath@utoronto.ca>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2006 10:44:55 -0500
Message-ID: <03e901c65410$e4b2c990$e29a968e@WILDDOG>
To: "Jon Ribbens" <ertwg@sitemorse.com>
Cc: "WAI ER List List" <public-wai-ert@w3.org>

The WCAG1 checkpoint 3.2 stated:
"3.2 Create documents that validate to published formal grammars ... (e.g., 
the strict HTML 4.0 DTD)."

It uses the "strict" DTD just as an example. The checkpoint actually allows 
you to validate to any published grammar and that doesn't have to be a W3C 
DTD. You can make up your own crazy DTD, publish it and then validate to it.

The Stanca Act actually specifies the "strict" DTD in requirement 1.

The WCAG 1 is now outdated and, as we've all seen, difficult to interpret. 
Let's hope the WCAG2 is much clearer and easier to test.

The WCAG2 Guideline 4.1 relates to this issue and states "Ensure 
compatibility with current and future user agents (including assistive 

The WCAG Wiki has a "how to meet" section for 4.1 [1] that gives more 


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