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Re: Special Web Page Proposal for W3C site - discussing proper use of WCAG Techniques

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2013 09:20:54 +0100
Message-ID: <511DEFE6.7070305@w3.org>
To: Gregg Vanderheiden <gv@trace.wisc.edu>
CC: GLWAI Guidelines WG org <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, Eval TF <public-wai-evaltf@w3.org>
Hi Gregg,

Thank you very much for getting this started! I think this will be a 
useful resource in many ways, including for reuse in WCAG-EM.

A couple of initial comments:

#1. The document does not describe the relationship between techniques 
and failures to the WCAG2 Success Criteria. There is some wording in 
Understanding WCAG 2.0 that could be at least referenced to put this 
resource more in context of the overall WCAG2 framework and resources.

#2. The document seems to primarily talk about techniques and failures 
document by the WCAG WG and does not talk much about the possibility for 
other techniques and failures. This may reinforce the unfortunate myth 
that only WCAG WG can document techniques and failures.

#3. (Minor) the overall tone seems more preventive and negative rather 
than inviting. For example, how about something like "The Role of 
Techniques and Failures in WCAG 2" rather than "Proper Use of WCAG 2.0 
Techniques and Failures"? I think we need to find the balance between 
explaining what techniques and failures are, and cautioning potential 
misuse due to misunderstanding of their intended purpose.


On 15.2.2013 00:56, Gregg Vanderheiden wrote:
> We have for some time had a problem with people misunderstanding WCAG 2.0 Techniques and Failures.  Many have thought that the Techniques were required in order to conform to WCAG 2.0.    We have done a number of things to address this -  but not always with success.
> A suggestion was made that we create a single page with a simple message that could be pointed to by people wishing to make proper use of the Techniques clear.   It was pointed out that such a page would be useful to many stakeholders and organizations, including the WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Taskforce.
> Such a page is posted for comments and suggestions at  http://tinyurl.com/WCAGTechNote
> This page allows you to directly comment on the page.   The page will be edited dynamically, so you can return to the page to see changes.  You can also subscribe to the page to have comments and changes sent to you directly as they happen.  (click on the Comments button and select "notification options".)
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> Gregg
> --------------------------------------------------------
> Gregg Vanderheiden Ph.D.
> Director Trace R&D Center
> Professor Industrial & Systems Engineering
> and Biomedical Engineering University of Wisconsin-Madison
> Technical Director - Cloud4all Project - http://Cloud4all.info
> Co-Director, Raising the Floor - International - http://Raisingthefloor.org
> and the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure Project -  http://GPII.net

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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