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

From: Helle Bjarnø <hbj@visinfo.dk>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 10:59:44 +0100
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To: "EOWG \(E-mail\)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>

HI Sylvie, Wayne and EO
I think this have been discussed before. And as I remember there is an U.N. or UNESCO definition for educational levels that should be generally accepted. I cannot find the link but found descriptions in Wikipedia under education systems: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education#Education_systems 
And from here it is related to educational systems around the world.
I also agree with Wayne about the exceptions. There are cases where a text requires reading skills of a higher or more specific character. 

Cheers
Helle

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Fra: w3c-wai-eo-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-eo-request@w3.org] På vegne af Sylvie duchateau
Sendt: 18. januar 2008 09:36
Til: Wayne Dick
Cc: EOWG (E-mail)
Emne: Re: Success Criteria 3.1.5 violates academic freedom on my opinion and could not be practiced by universities.


Hello Wayne and all,
I have also concerns about this success criterion, as I think, it is 
difficult to evaluate what is the lower secondary education level. I 
wonder if this level is the same in any country. How can this be adapted 
to another country than the US? How is this level specified?
Best
Sylvie

Wayne Dick a écrit :
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> 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
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> 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?
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> 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.
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> Wayne
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