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RE: proposed definition for "website"

Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2012 08:40:22 -0800 (PST)
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To: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>, Eval TF <public-wai-evaltf@w3.org>
Hi everyone,

Maybe I have missed a  discussion of this topic since I just joined the group, but what about a portal-style site?

What if one or more portlets on the site are accessible, but the container portal page has some accessibility issues how do we handle this?  Also what about the fact that some portlets are accessible and others are not? Do we consider each portlet a website since it is a self-contained web application?

-----Original Message-----
From: Shadi Abou-Zahra [mailto:shadi@w3.org] 
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2012 4:38 AM
To: Eval TF
Subject: proposed definition for "website"

Dear Eval TF,

Yesterday I took an action to propose a new definition for "website" *in the context of this document*. Currently the document says:

[[ http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/methodology/#website
Website - A coherent collection of one or more related web pages that together provide common use or functionality. It includes static web pages, dynamically generated web pages, and web applications.

I propose we add the following text to this definition:

Websites are generally self-enclosed entities with key resources such as a homepage, login page, or other entry pages; help pages; sitemap; and contact information. Web pages within a website typically have a common design ("look and feel") and navigational structures. Examples of websites in the context of this document include:
  - Self-enclosed web appearances owned or provided by organizations;
  - Self-enclosed sections of websites (sometimes referred to as "sub-sites"), such as these of departments within organizations;
  - Self-enclosed web applications and other web-based products.

Arbitrary selections of individual web pages, especially those that do not include complete processes, are not regarded as websites.

Note: Selections of individual web pages that are not regarded as websites may claim conformance to WCAG, but the evaluation of such collections is outside the scope of this methodology.

Looking forward to your reactions!


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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