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Re: Proposed Text for Section 1.3 (was Re: Meeting tomorrow)

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 1999 18:30:15 -0800
Message-Id: <4.2.0.58.19991126182925.00c206b0@mail.idyllmtn.com>
To: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Cc: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>, w3c-wai-au@w3.org
I dunno, I can see where William is coming from here.  Do we have plans
to do a comprehensive survey or just a survey of a few selected tools?
If so, how will these be selected?

--Kynn

At 10:03 PM 11/25/1999 , Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
>William,
>
>I don't think we have any great liability. We are making available some
>reviews of publicly available tools according to a public specification, done
>by individuals. We describe the status of each evaluation, and of the process
>that is used, in such a way that people can reproduce the tests. This is
>important in enabling the public and developers to criticise, improve on, and
>understand the individual tests, and can only be achieved by very precisely
>stating what is tested - not just names, but version numbers, the version of
>the document that it is being reviewed against, etc.
>
>The reviews are not a forum for haranguing developers, they are an
>informative aid to the public who are seeking further help in using the
>specification.
>
>Charles McCN
>
>On Thu, 25 Nov 1999, William Loughborough wrote:
>
>   CMcCN:: "...the working group has a page which describes the conformance
>   of various tools at XXX."
>   
>   WL: If we're going to "name names" I feel we are treading treacherous
>   slippery slope. I don't think the intent of our charter is to provide
>   lists (necessarily incomplete) of conforming/non-conforming tools.
>   Unless the makers of the tools request inclusion our liability is
>   evident and unless we find *every* tool our neglect is unfair to some
>   perhaps unknown excellence. We can describe problems in current
>   (unnamed) products and point out satisfactory compliances - with
>   anonymity.
>   
>   -- 
>   Love.
>               ACCESSIBILITY IS RIGHT - NOT PRIVILEGE
>   http://dicomp.pair.com
>   
>
>--Charles McCathieNevile            mailto:charles@w3.org
>phone: +1 617 258 0992   http://www.w3.org/People/Charles
>W3C Web Accessibility Initiative    http://www.w3.org/WAI
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-- 
Kynn Bartlett                                    mailto:kynn@hwg.org
President, HTML Writers Guild                    http://www.hwg.org/
AWARE Center Director                          http://aware.hwg.org/
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