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Comment on section 3.6 Beyond Conformance

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2012 16:45:04 +0100
Message-ID: <4F450D80.4060208@w3.org>
To: Giorgio Brajnik <giorgio@dimi.uniud.it>, Markel Vigo <markel.vigo@manchester.ac.uk>
CC: RDWG <public-wai-rd@w3.org>
Hi Giorgio, Markel,

As briefly raised on the teleconference, I think the last part of this 
section may need some refinement:

[[
This perspective is innovative as it looks beyond the current 
conformance paradigm and aims to tap more into the user experience, and 
this is something that is not necessarily defined by current methods of 
technical validation or document conformance.
]]

Actually the issue is that this sentence, in context with the rest of 
the section, may seem to imply that the two approaches cannot coexist. I 
believe the discussion about process-oriented guidance dates quite far 
back and is not really new. In fact, I believe that a suitable process 
is critical to achieving and maintaining conformance, yet that a 
standard for conformance is essential for people with disabilities.

Maybe something like the following suggestion works better for you?

[[
This perspective is innovative/interesting/important as it complements 
the current conformance paradigm and aims to tap more into the process 
used to deliver the user experience. This is something that is not 
necessarily/well/fully/adequately defined by current methods of 
technical validation or document/product/website conformance [alone].
]]

Happy to discuss further!

Best,
   Shadi

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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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