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comments (mostly editorial) on the Methodology

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2011 14:48:54 +0100
Message-ID: <4EC510C6.7010201@w3.org>
To: Eric Velleman <E.Velleman@bartimeus.nl>
CC: Eval TF <public-wai-evaltf@w3.org>
Hi Eric, All,

Please find below my comments on the current Editors Draft of the 
Methodology. The list probably looks more daunting than it is, they are 
really all minor editorial suggestions.

The only point that may be worth more discussion is my suggested rewrite 
for section 6. I don't think others need discussion.

Comments follow:


# General comments
- use consistent link texts -- ideally the link text reflects the target 
page title as closely as possible (for predictability);
- avoid linking to external documents directly from the text -- link to 
the references or terminology section within this same document;
- remove unnecessary editor notes;
- make sure to have a space after the colons (in the editor notes) and 
capitalize the first word after the colon;


# Section 1. Introduction
- change "This WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM) proposes an 
..." to "The Website Accessibility Evaluation Methodology for WCAG 2.0 
(WCAG-EM) is an ...";


# Section 2. Scope of this document
- remove the editor note;
- change "The WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology describes a formal and 
harmonized way ..." to "The Website Accessibility Evaluation Methodology 
for WCAG 2.0 (WCAG-EM) is a standardized way ...";
- change "The Methodology defines manual and computer assisted methods 
..." to "The Methodology defines manual and semi-automated methods ...";
- link "complete processes" to the definition within this same document;
- change "The Methodology is an editors draft that provides guidance 
..." to "The Methodology provides guidance ..." (there is a separate 
section for the status of the document);
- change "WAI resource Conformance Evaluation of Websites for 
Accessibility" to "WAI resources on evaluating websites for 
accessibility" and link to http://www.w3.org/WAI/eval/;
- change "Complementary WAI resources such as Preliminary Review of 
Websites for Accessibility and Involving Users in Evaluating Web 
Accessibility provide ..." to "It includes complementary resources on 
Preliminary Review of Websites for Accessibility and Involving Users in 
Evaluating Web Accessibility that provide ..." and link the documents;


# Section 4. Target audience
- remove the editor note;


# Section 6. Expertise for evaluating accessibility
- remove the editor note;
- suggest this wording:

[[
6. Expertise required for using this methodology

Users of the Methodology are assumed to be knowledgeable of WCAG 2.0, 
accessible web design, assistive technology, and of how people with 
different disabilities use the Web. Evaluation according to this 
methodology can be carried out by individuals but using review teams 
with combined expertise involving people with disabilities and older 
people in the evaluation process is strongly recommended.

6.1 Using Review Teams with Combined Expertise

The _W3C/WAI evaluation resource suite_ provides complementary guidance 
on _Using Combined Expertise to Evaluate Web Accessibility_. Review 
teams can provide better coverage of the expertise required in the 
understanding of web technologies, evaluation tools, barriers that 
people with disabilities experience, assistive technologies and 
approaches that people with disabilities use, and accessibility 
guidelines and techniques.

6.2 Involving People with Disabilities and Older People

The _W3C/WAI evaluation resource suite_ provides complementary guidance 
on _Involving Users in Evaluating Web Accessibility_. Evaluating with 
users with disabilities and with older users can identify additional 
issues that are not easily discovered by expert evaluation alone. It can 
make the evaluation process more effective and more efficient, 
especially when users are involved throughout the development process.
]]


# Section 7.1 Technologies used on the webpages
- expand or remove editor note;


# Section 7.2 Base URI of the evaluation
- expand or remove editor note;


# Section 7.5 Key functionalities
- add space after the colon in the editor note and capitalize 
"functionalities";


# Section 7.6 Webpages behind authorization
- add space after the colon in the editor note;


# Section 9. Evaluation
- add something in the editor note that the Methodology will not provide 
WCAG 2.0 Techniques but rather explain how to use them effectively for 
evaluation;


# Section 10.1 Conformity requirements
- expand or remove editor note;


Best,
   Shadi

-- 
Shadi Abou-Zahra - http://www.w3.org/People/shadi/
Activity Lead, W3C/WAI International Program Office
Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG)
Research and Development Working Group (RDWG)
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