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Success Criteria 3.1.5 violates academic freedom on my opinion and could not be practiced by universities.

From: Wayne Dick <wed@csulb.edu>
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 19:34:43 -0800
Message-ID: <47901E53.4040309@csulb.edu>
To: "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>

3.1.5 Reading Level: When text requires reading ability more advanced 
than the lower secondary education level, supplemental content, or a 
version  that does not require reading ability more advanced than the 
lower secondary education level, is available. (Level AAA) How to Meet 
3.1.5 Understanding 3.1.5

I am not sure that a posting of, poetry, creative writing, philosophy, 
physics, biochemistry, statistics or mathematics that required first and 
second year work university work in the given major could be expressed 
at a lower secondary educational level.  If we adopt this criteria then 
the instructional materials of advanced courses can never meet Level 
AAA.  Do we want to create a level that an entire sector cannot meet?

I think we should create some exception language like:  unless material 
cannot be simplified or the intent of the writing is to use language in 
specific ways.

This is dangerously close to censorship, and we never know how it could 
be used.

Wayne
Received on Friday, 18 January 2008 03:34:58 GMT

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