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Accessibility Statements (was Re: Comments from Eval TF review)

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 17:36:22 +0200
Message-ID: <502D1376.8010409@w3.org>
To: Peter Korn <peter.korn@oracle.com>
CC: Eval TF <public-wai-evaltf@w3.org>
Hi Peter,

Providing an accessibility statement is optional. This means that any 
organization can continue to use its own procedures.

The intent of this item is to avoid the many outdated and imprecise 
statements that are frequently found on the Web today.

As discussed today, we agreed to open an issue to continue this 
discussion after publication. It would help to see what wording you 
would like to have changed before publication.


On 16.8.2012 16:48, Peter Korn wrote:
> Hi Shadi,
> I am very uncomfortable with the proposed text in "3.5.2 Step 5.b Provide an
> Accessibility Statement (optional)".  I'm particularly uncomfortable with the
> suggestion that the website owner must make a commitment to address/respond/fix
> issues brought to their attention within any specific number of (business) days
> as a condition of being an "Eval TF compliant accessibility statement".  I don't
> think the draft should be published with this text as it current is.
> I think it would be OK to enumerate a suggested set of topics to be addressed in
> an optional accessibility statement (e.g. to suggest that an accessibility
> statement speak to how the website owner will respond to issues brought to their
> attention), but not more than that.
> Websites & companies may have accessibility statements already, and we don't
> want to force them to change those statements or remove them in order to adopt
> the EvalTF methodology.
> Regards,
> Peter
> On 8/16/2012 6:39 AM, Shadi Abou-Zahra wrote:
>> Dear Eval TF,
>> Eric, Martijn, and I have been processing the comments from Eval TF on the
>> latest Editor Draft of 30 July 2012. Please review this by *Monday 20 August*
>> and let us know if you have any comments or questions:
>>  - <http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/conformance/comments-20120730>
>> Most comments seem fairly straight-forward to address with some minor tweaks
>> and re-writes. Proposed resolutions for these are indicated in this
>> disposition of comments.
>> Other comments primarily related to editing and writing style. This might be
>> best done together with the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) who
>> will start getting involved when we next publish. We propose opening an issue
>> for these comments to discuss them with EOWG.
>> Finally, several comments will likely need further discussion by the group
>> before they can be resolved effectively. We propose opening an issue for each
>> of these rather than to hold up the publication.
>> The editorial issues to be opened include:
>>  - #2 <http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/conformance/comments-20120730#c2>
>>  - #6 <http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/conformance/comments-20120730#c6>
>> The substantive issues to be opened include:
>>  - #5 <http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/conformance/comments-20120730#c5>
>>  - #17 <http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/conformance/comments-20120730#c17>
>>  - #32 <http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/conformance/comments-20120730#c32>
>>  - #34 <http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/conformance/comments-20120730#c34>
>>  - #35 <http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/conformance/comments-20120730#c35>
>> During today's teleconference we will request opening these issues.
>> Best,
>>   Shadi
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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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