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Re: Basic Conformance only after detailed evaluation?

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2012 08:58:03 +0200
Message-ID: <4FC5C4FB.3020506@w3.org>
To: "Velleman, Eric" <evelleman@bartimeus.nl>
CC: "public-wai-evaltf@w3.org" <public-wai-evaltf@w3.org>
Hi Eric,

I agree that what we label as "Basic Conformance" is actually a full 
evaluation review (as opposed to a preliminary or rough assessment).

Maybe we should rename this label? It is actually more of a "Basic 
Report" than basic conformance evaluation, as it relates to the data 
reported rather than the evaluation that is actually carried out.


On 29.5.2012 23:02, Velleman, Eric wrote:
> Dear all,
> We have received a comment on the 'basic conformance' goal in section 3.1.b Define the goal of the evaluation [1]. The comment (id 39 in the disposition of comments [2]) is:
> "The goal of "Basic conformance" as stated in the EM appears to be offer an option to essentially self certify without having to perform real evaluation of the site. This level of conformance is likely to be incorrectly applied and would likely mean that the site would in fact not be conformant. In cases where some national legislation references WCAG this could allow someone to argue conformance without defensible claims. making an assumption on conformance, while often well intentioned, is not safe for sites that have not previously been evaluated. The working group should consider allowing this level of conformance only for conformance claims that are made after updates are made to an already conforming site."
> Please let me hear your opinion. Please note that the basic conformance goal is still a full conformance evaluation.
> Kindest regards,
> Eric
> [1] http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/conformance/ED-methodology-20120523#step1b
> [2] http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/conformance/comments#i9

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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