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Draft text intro to How to Meet WCAG 2.0 for ATAG 2.0 testers

From: Richards, Jan <jrichards@ocadu.ca>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2014 20:05:58 +0000
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For today's action item....

Web Content Accessibility Test Procedure (Level A, AA, AAA):

Many ATAG 2.0 success criteria refer to meeting WCAG 2.0 success criteria. In order to test these success criteria, you will need a Web Content Accessibility Testing Procedure that is: (a) specific to the "included" web content technology (e.g. HTML, CSS, SVG, etc.) produced by the authoring tool and (b) designed to test WCAG 2.0 conformance to at least the target level (e.g. Level AA). 

For the purposes of CR testing, it is recommended that you refer to "How to Meet WCAG 2.0: A customizable quick reference to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 requirements (success criteria) and techniques". This is the most complete and comprehensive WCAG 2.0 testing resource published by the W3C. 

Usage Notes:
- You should begin by customizing "How to Meet WCAG 2.0" with the relevant sections, so that irrelevant information is not displayed (e.g. techniques for other web technologies, success criteria with higher levels than the target level)
- The "Sufficient Techniques" and "Failures" will likely be more important in testing than the "Advisory Techniques" . However, there may be other ways to meet success criteria besides the sufficient techniques in W3C's Techniques for WCAG 2.0 document (http://www.w3.org/TR/2014/NOTE-UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20-20140311/understanding-techniques.html#ut-understanding-techniques-sufficient-head)
- While you can use automatic testing tools, you must also use manual tests in order to be sure of the results.
- The WCAG 2.0 requirement that "only accessibility-supported ways of using technologies are relied upon to satisfy the WCAG 2.0 success criteria" does not need to be applied as described in ATAG 2.0 section Relationship to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

Only authoring tools producing technologies with Techniques in the "How to Meet WCAG 2.0" document will be included in ATAG 2.0 CR testing.


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