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Re: Issue with Checkpoints 2.7.1 and 2.7.2

From: Jan Richards <jan.richards@utoronto.ca>
Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 21:12:59 -0400
Message-ID: <370D541B.DBB781EA@utoronto.ca>
To: "w3c-wai-au@w3.org" <w3c-wai-au@w3.org>
Bruce Roberts wrote:
>   After the tele-conference it hit me as to why I felt uncomfortable
>   with checkpoints 2.7.1 and 2.7.2.  First, let me put these checkpoints in
>   my own words to be sure I'm understanding their intent correctly:
>   2.7.1:  [Priority 1] The authoring tool should have explanations of its
>   accessible authoring practices in its help system(s) (context sensitive
>   help, on-line documentation, hardcopy documention, etc.).
>   2.7.2:  [Priority 2] The authoring tool should have explanations of it's
>   accessibility features clearly called out in each help topic. (example:
>   help discussion for adding an image also describes how to add alt text)

Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> I would go along with making 2.7.2 a technique
> if the following things are clear:
> 1. The help system is included in the integration of look and feel
> checkpoint, which could be done by suggesting some areas for consideration
> in techniques for look and feel. (i.e. accessibility help is not a
> cyber-ghetto chapter for people who want to be nice to disabled people.)
> 2. Help examples should always be accessible examples - IMG should have
> ALT, and if relevant LONGDESC (this is also crossover with the look and
> feel stuff as per Kynn's proposal) etc
> I think that a lot of this is already covered in the techniques section
> for this guideline, which is encouraging.

I disagree. Some of the ideas here should remain checkpoints. I would
rephrase as follows:

2.7.1: [Priority 1] 
Include direction for the use of all accessible authoring practices
supported by the authoring tool. (JR comment: "direction" may be a good
catch-all for the many different types of help+doc that will be listed
in the techniques)
2.7.2: [Priority 2] (JR comment: my suggested Priority) 
Help topics should feature all applicable accessible authoring
practices, regardless of the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Priority.
(JR comment: this is promotion with a big P! For example alt-text
doesn't need to be promoted because it is required, LONGDESC does need
to be promoted) 
2.7.3: [Priority 1] 
Examples must conform to the W3C's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
(JR comment: text from section 2)

Jan Richards
University of Toronto
Received on Thursday, 8 April 1999 21:14:18 UTC

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