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RE: Basic Conformance only after detailed evaluation?

From: Boland Jr, Frederick E. <frederick.boland@nist.gov>
Date: Wed, 30 May 2012 09:19:42 -0400
To: "Velleman, Eric" <evelleman@bartimeus.nl>
CC: "public-wai-evaltf@w3.org" <public-wai-evaltf@w3.org>
Message-ID: <D7A0423E5E193F40BE6E94126930C4930B9B247113@MBCLUSTER.xchange.nist.gov>
I think "basic conformance" should be changed to "basic report" or something like that..  I feel that the data (evidence) is still needed (and must be available at any time to be provided upon request) to support a conformance claim regardless of how "basic" the report is.

Thanks Tim Boland NIST     

-----Original Message-----
From: Velleman, Eric [mailto:evelleman@bartimeus.nl] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 5:02 PM
To: public-wai-evaltf@w3.org
Subject: Basic Conformance only after detailed evaluation?

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,


[1] http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/conformance/ED-methodology-20120523#step1b
[2] http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/conformance/comments#i9
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