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From: Andi Snow-Weaver <andisnow@us.ibm.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2005 14:33:05 -0500
To: "David MacDonald" <befree@magma.ca>
Cc: public-wcag-teamc@w3.org
Message-ID: <OFADDA08CE.D48D2FB7-ON8625708F.006A76BC-8625708F.006B664D@us.ibm.com>

David,

In reference to your comments regarding general techniques we might want to
add to our GL 2.5 Level 2 SC 1 guide doc from last week:

<david>
(1) Make error messages easy to understand and distinguishable from other
text on the delivery unit.
</david>

We discussed this but because it has to do with understandability, we
thought it belonged with GL 3.1.

<david>
(2) Do not use the same words or letter combinations to begin each item of
the list.
</david>

This technique is about helping users to avoid making mistakes in the first
place. But it doesn't fit this success criteria which is specifically about
providing messages when the user has made an error.

<david>
(3) Identify which fields are required.
</david>

I think this one belongs under Level 3 SC 1 as additional context relevant
help.

<david>
(4) Provide clear instructions on forms.
</david>

Again, this is about helping users avoid mistakes for which we currently
have no success criteria. We considered proposing a success criteria for
instructions, data format, etc. But we were unable to articulate an
"accessibility" rationale to support it. Everyone needs this for usability.
What is it about having a disability that makes this more critical to
provide?

<david>
(5) Provide feedback for user actions.
</david>

I think Katie took a work item on this. We think it is a good thing to do
but again, everyone needs it for usability. What is it about having a
disability that makes this more critical to provide?

Andi
andisnow@us.ibm.com
IBM Accessibility Center
(512) 838-9903, http://www.ibm.com/able
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