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A map from US Section 508 to WCAG 2.0 as well as good reasons to use WCAG 2.0

From: Wayne Dick <wed@csulb.edu>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 07:18:01 -0700
Message-ID: <4836D219.3020008@csulb.edu>
To: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
CC: "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>


Here is a good reason to use WCAG 2.0 in 
the US.

One advantage of WCAG 2.0 is this:  If 
you use WCAG 2.0 sufficient
techniques to meet US Section 508, you 
make code that does not require
additional accommodation.  Also, once 
you have met Section 508 this way
you have four additional criteria to 
implement in order to comply with
WCAG 2.0 at a Level A.


The fundamental advantage of WCAG 2.0 
over 1.0 or Section 508 is the
fact that 2.0 is user centered and 1.0 
and 508 are technology centered.
On must identify the user centered needs 
that are intended by 1.0 and
508 to link the standards to WCAG 2.0. 
Because the older standards are
technology centered the technology 
identified is not always robust
enough to meet the intended user need. 
WCAG 2.0 addresses user need
first so it never misses the mark.

See, 
http://www.csulb.edu/~wed/public/EqEffAcc/ 
for a more complete
description.

Wayne
Received on Friday, 23 May 2008 14:18:47 GMT

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