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RE: Discussion 5.5

From: Vivienne CONWAY <v.conway@ecu.edu.au>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:43:33 +0800
To: "Velleman, Eric" <evelleman@bartimeus.nl>, "public-wai-evaltf@w3.org" <public-wai-evaltf@w3.org>
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Hi all

I've been reading the discussions so far with great interest.  Personally I have a problem with having a margin for error. A website is either compliant, or it is not compliant.  Saying something is 'almost' or 'sort of' compliant is like saying you are "a little bit pregnant".  Sorry about that. :)

I think as evaluators, we point the website owner to the errors and allow them to fix them, and once the errors are fixed, then we make a compliance statement as a previous writer said that shows the lowest compliance state of  any page on the website.

However in true 'sitting on the fence' style, I would always include a statement on the accessibility page stating that "as far as possible...Please let us know if you find anything we might have missed."


Vivienne L. Conway, B.IT(Hons), MACS CT
PhD Candidate & Sessional Lecturer, Edith Cowan University, Perth, W.A.
Director, Web Key IT Pty Ltd.
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From: Velleman, Eric [evelleman@bartimeus.nl]
Sent: Thursday, 19 January 2012 9:58 PM
To: public-wai-evaltf@w3.org
Subject: Discussion 5.5

Dear all,

For the Telco today:
We have seen a lot of discussion on 5.5 Error Margin. As indicated in the discussion, it also depends on other things like the size of the sample, the complexity of the website and the qualities of the evaluator, use of tools (for collecting pages, making a first check) etc. etc. But we need to be agree on:

Do we allow errors or not?

If not, life is easy
If yes, we need to describe under what conditions

Kindest regards,


Eric Velleman
Technisch directeur
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