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Looking at SC 3.2.3 Consistent Navigation with "UI Context"

From: Peter Korn <peter.korn@oracle.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 17:47:28 -0700
Message-ID: <4FFF7020.9050404@oracle.com>
To: public-wcag2ict-tf@w3.org
Hi gang,

SC *3.2.3 
<https://sites.google.com/site/wcag2ict/home/3-understandable/32-make-web-pages-appear-and-operate-in-predictable-ways/323-consistent-navigation>*****was 
not one we reached consensus on, nor have we had much discussion about it.

My thoughts on that can be found at the Applying UI Context 
<https://sites.google.com/site/wcag2ict/cross-cutting-issues-and-notes/user-interface-context/applying-ui-context> 
page in the seventh row, but to facilitate discussion, I reiterate them 
here.

The software portion of the UIC Proposal is:

    This applies to software aspects of products directly as written and
    as described in INTENT from Understanding WCAG (above) with the word
    "user interface context" substituted for Web Page and "software
    program" substituted for "Set of Web Pages".

I don't think this SC really make sense in software.  I find it to be a 
lot like Bypass Blocks.  It is either generally automatically satisfied 
(and so of little added value), or it can be looked at based on Intent 
and Understanding, and applied more thoughtfully to software (e.g. for 
cognitive disabilities, some variant of "things that look the same 
should behave the same, things that behave differently should look 
different").  I think the right thing to do is go back to WCAG and see 
if we have their blessing to either say this doesn't really apply, or to 
develop something more fitting and appropriate to software.


Peter
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