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ATAG2 Conformance Section Re-Org

From: Jan Richards <jan.richards@utoronto.ca>
Date: Wed, 03 Mar 2010 10:54:55 -0500
Message-ID: <4B8E864F.9020606@utoronto.ca>
To: WAI-AUWG List <w3c-wai-au@w3.org>
Hi all,

I just noticed that (as WCAG 2.0 did) we need to pull some information 
out of the Conformance Claim section into a Conformance Requirements 
section (since Conformance Claims are not required).

It's primarily just an organizational change (plus I added a few lines 
in the conformance section with links to the applicability notes):

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*Conformance Requirements*

In order for an authoring tool to conform to ATAG 2.0, all of the 
following conformance requirements must be satisfied:

1. Conformance Levels

Authoring tools may conform "fully" or "partially" to ATAG 2.0. In 
either case, the level of conformance depends on the level of the 
success criteria that have been satisfied.

"Full" ATAG 2.0 Conformance: This type of conformance is intended to be 
used when developers have considered the accessibility of the authoring 
tools from both the perspective of authors (Part A: Make the authoring 
tool user interface accessible) and the perspective of end users of web 
content produced by the authoring tools (Part B: Support the production 
of accessible content):

(a) Full ATAG 2.0 Conformance at Level A
The authoring tool satisfies all of the Level A success criteria.
(b) Full ATAG 2.0 Conformance at Level AA
The authoring tool satisfies all of the Level A and Level AA success 
criteria.
(c) Full ATAG 2.0 Conformance at Level AAA
The authoring tool satisfies all of the success criteria.

And the Applicability Notes for *Part A* and *Part B* have been applied.

"Partial" ATAG 2.0 Conformance: Authoring Tool User Interface: This type 
of conformance is intended to be used when developers have initially 
focused on the accessibility of the authoring tool to authors (Part A: 
Make the authoring tool user interface accessible):

(a) Partial ATAG 2.0 Conformance Level A: Authoring Tool User Interface
The authoring tool satisfies all of the Level A success criteria in Part 
A. Nothing is implied about Part B.
(b) Partial ATAG 2.0 Conformance Level AA: Authoring Tool User Interface
The authoring tool satisfies all of the Level A and Level AA success 
criteria in Part A. Nothing is implied about Part B.
(c) Partial ATAG 2.0 Conformance Level AAA: Authoring Tool User Interface
The authoring tool satisfies all of the success criteria in Part A. 
Nothing is implied about Part B.

And the Applicability Notes for *Part A* have been applied.

"Partial" ATAG 2.0 Conformance: Content Production: This type of 
conformance is intended to be used when developers have initially 
focused on the accessibility of the web content produced by the 
authoring tool to end users (Part B: Support the production of 
accessible content):

(a)Partial ATAG 2.0 Conformance Level A: Content Production
The authoring tool satisfies all of the Level A success criteria in Part 
B. Nothing is implied about Part A.
(b)Partial ATAG 2.0 Conformance Level AA: Content Production
The authoring tool satisfies all of the Level A and Level AA success 
criteria in Part B. Nothing is implied about Part A.
(c)Partial ATAG 2.0 Conformance Level AAA: Content Production
The authoring tool satisfies all of the success criteria in Part B. 
Nothing is implied about Part A.

And the Applicability Notes for *Part B* have been applied.

Note: The Working Group remains committed to the guiding principle that: 
"Everyone should have the ability to create and access web content". 
Therefore, it is recommended that "Partial" Conformance be used only as 
a step towards "Full" Conformance.

2. "Included" and "Excluded" Technologies:

Included web content technologies are those that the authoring tool 
conforms to ATAG 2.0 while producing. Excluded web content technologies 
are any other technologies that the authoring tool is capable of 
producing, but that the authoring tool does not conform to ATAG 2.0 
while producing.
- Note 1: Web content technologies may be a combination of constituent 
web content technologies. For example, an image technology (e.g., PNG) 
might be listed together with a markup technology (e.g., HTML) since web 
content in the markup technology is used to make web content in the 
image technology accessible (e.g., a PNG graph is made accessible using 
an HTML table).
- Note 2: The included technologies will always include any web content 
technologies that are selected by the authoring tool for either 
automatic content generation or as the default technology for 
author-generated content.
- Note 3: The included technologies may include other web content 
technologies that authors can produce using the authoring tool, 
including interim formats that are not intended for publishing, but this 
is not required.

*Conformance Claims (Optional)*

If a conformance claim is made, then the conformance claim must meet the 
following conditions and include the following information (authoring 
tools can conform to ATAG 2.0 without making a claim):

Conditions on Conformance Claims:
1. At least one version of the conformance claim must be published on 
the web as a document meeting level "A" of WCAG 2.0. A suggested 
metadata description for this document is "ATAG 2.0 Conformance Claim".
2. Whenever the claimed conformance level is published (e.g., product 
information web site), the URI for the on-line published version of the 
conformance claim must be included.
3. The existence of a conformance claim does not imply that the W3C has 
reviewed the claim or assured its validity.
4. Claimants may be anyone (e.g., authoring tool developers, 
journalists, other third parties).
5. Claimants are solely responsible for the accuracy of their claims 
(including claims that include products for which they are not 
responsible) and keeping claims up to date.
6. Claimants are encouraged to claim conformance to the most recent 
version of the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Recommendation.

Required Components of an ATAG 2.0 Conformance Claim:

1. Claimant name and affiliation.
2. Date of the claim.
3. Guidelines title, version and URI
4. Conformance level satisfied: (Level A, AA or AAA)
5. Authoring tool information: The name of the authoring tool and 
sufficient additional information to specify the version (e.g., vendor 
name, version number (or version range), required patches or updates, 
human language of the user interface or documentation).
- Note: If the authoring tool is a collection of software components 
(e.g., a markup editor, an image editor, and a validation tool), then 
information must be provided separately for each component, although the 
conformance claim will treat them as a whole. As stated above, the 
Claimant has sole responsibility for the conformance claim, not the 
developer of any of the software components.
6. Included Technologies: A list of the web content technologies 
(including version numbers) produced by the authoring tool that the 
Claimant is including in the conformance claim.
-For each web content technology, provide information on how the web 
content technology might be used to create accessible web content (e.g., 
provide links to technology-specific techniques). At minimum, the web 
content technology must be capable of providing conforming alternate 
versions.
7. Excluded Technologies: A list of any web content technologies 
produced by the authoring tool that the Claimant is excluding from the 
conformance claim.
8. Declarations: For each success criterion:
  * A declaration of whether or not the success criterion has been 
satisfied; or
  * A declaration that the success criterion is not applicable and a 
rationale for why not.
9. Platform(s): The platform(s) upon which the authoring tool was 
evaluated:
  * For user agent platform(s) (used to evaluate web-based authoring 
tool user interfaces): provide the name and version information of the 
user agent(s).
  * For platforms that are not user agents (used to evaluate 
non-web-based authoring tool user interfaces): provide the name and 
version information of the platform(s) (e.g., operating system, etc.) 
and the name and version of the platform accessibility architecture(s) 
employed.

Optional Components of an ATAG 2.0 Conformance Claim:

1. A description of the authoring tool that identifies the types of 
editing views that it includes.
2. A description of how the ATAG 2.0 success criteria were met where 
this may not be obvious.

*"Progress Towards Conformance" Statement*

Developers of authoring tools that do not yet conform fully to a 
particular ATAG 2.0 conformance level are encouraged to publish a 
statement on progress towards conformance. This statement would be the 
same as a conformance claim except that this statement would specify an 
ATAG 2.0 conformance level that is being progressed towards, rather than 
one already satisfied, and report the progress on success criteria not 
yet met. The author of a "Progress Towards Conformance" Statement is 
solely responsible for the accuracy of their statement. Developers are 
encouraged to provide expected timelines for meeting outstanding success 
criteria within the Statement.

*Disclaimer*

Neither W3C, WAI, nor AUWG take any responsibility for any aspect or 
result of any ATAG 2.0 conformance claim that has not been published 
under the authority of the W3C, WAI, or AUWG.

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-- 
(Mr) Jan Richards, M.Sc.
jan.richards@utoronto.ca | 416-946-7060

Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC)
Faculty of Information | University of Toronto
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