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Concerns about not covering full website

From: Detlev Fischer <fischer@dias.de>
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:16:28 +0100
Message-ID: <4F217C5C.2080103@dias.de>
To: EVAL TF <public-wai-evaltf@w3.org>
Hi everyone,

I think a lot of the heat in the disacussion we just had may be down to 
a misunderstanding.

Eric, no one says that the evaluation of an entire webiste is not a good 
idea or should not be done. If a site owner wants it done, that's fine.

If however, a site owner wants to look at a particular section (that can 
be many pages), it should be possible to evaluate just that. It's also a 
cost issue. Any conformance claim must make that limited scope perfectly 
clear, preferably by binding the evaluation to a set of URLs.

Increasingly, sites have many different sections, like user generated 
content. No sane person would claim even A-Level conformance for a wiki 
or bulletin board that allows unstructured text input. It would fail SC 
1.3.1 in minutes or hours. That's why it is more straightforward to be 
able to include things even if they are important processes on a site.

Working out a sampling approach still makes sense even if you look at 
parts of a site - and also if you evaluate the whole site.

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