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[off topic] Re: WCAG EM and M376/D4

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 01:06:24 +0200
Message-ID: <4FDA6E70.4070407@w3.org>
To: Kerstin Probiesch <k.probiesch@googlemail.com>
CC: "'Velleman, Eric'" <evelleman@bartimeus.nl>, 'Eval TF' <public-wai-evaltf@w3.org>
Hi Kerstin,

For the reference of participants who are not aware of "M376", it is a 
European standard for accessible public procurement that is currently 
under development and, like Section 508 in the US, very relevant to our 
work (and vice-versa). More information: <http://www.mandate376.eu/>

Responses to your questions below:

On 14.6.2012 19:59, Kerstin Probiesch wrote:
> Hi Shadi, Eric,
> while reading through the documents of M376 where WCAG-EM is mentioned I
> wondered wether the mentioned ISOs in document D4: Draft TR "Guidance for
> the application of conformity assessment to European accessibility
> requirements for public procurement of ICT products and services" are
> binding for WCAG-EM?

I'm not aware of dependencies between WCAG-EM and M376 documents. I'm 
also not aware of M376 requiring particular standards for conformity 
assessment but this list is not the right place to discuss M376.

> Could you explain the relationship or relevance of WCAG-EM in the light of
> the M376-documents and the relevance of the mentioned EN 45011 and ISO/IEC
> 17020 for our work or for short: must WCAG-EM be conform/compliant with
> mentioned standards in D4?

WCAG-EM must meet the requirements that we previously defined here:
  - <http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/methodology-reqs/>

As to the relationship between WCAG-EM and M376:
  - EN 301 549 (the main "accessibility requirements" part of M376) 
references WCAG-EM in section C9 (Demonstration of Compliance);
  - D4 (the supporting document for the EN that you refer to) mentions 
Eval TF work in section 7.5.7 as "starting up at WAI";

In conclusion, there are already references to our work in M376 even 
though our work is not yet very mature. This underlines its relevance 
and importance. We should continue to ensure that our work is usable for 
contexts such as M376. Suggestions for improvement are welcome!


> All the best
> Kerstin

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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