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Re: Accessibility document (and general interest) comparing approaches in MWBP and WCAG

From: William Loughborough <wloughborough@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 07:04:57 -0800
Message-ID: <1e3451610902180704q3058b2dbw96ad2ff3be14aeb9@mail.gmail.com>
To: achuter@technosite.es
Cc: MWI BPWG Public <public-bpwg@w3.org>, EOWG <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>, Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
A very big +1 on the elucidations herein. We must include stuff very much
like this.

Love.

On Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 4:53 AM, Alan Chuter <achuter@technosite.es> wrote:

> There is a pending item from a year ago that is still unresolved,
> "summarize different perspectives of WCAG and MWBP" [1] (at the end of the
> page). From minutes I can recall the discussion was "Is there [text]
> somewhere in the document that explains the different mindsets behind the
> mobile web BP and WCAG?" and "if you follow the [thinking], you would expect
> more overlap of the documents MWBP and WCAG. Different perspectives prevent
> this."
>
> It is clear that the two camps, the MWBP and WCAG WGs have quite different
> approaches and expectations and this interesting aspect hasn't been covered
> yet and users of the documents will wonder about it and how it affects them.
>
> I'm wary of walking into a minefield, but here are a few reflections on the
> similarities and differences to discuss:
>
> WCAG is about people's intrinsic (dis)abilities: mind and body.
> MWBP is about devices, networks and surroundings: electronics.
>
> WCAG is about non-discrimination, about human rights.
> MWBP is about encouraging technology adoption, avoiding Web fragmentation.
>
> WCAG is often legal requirement.
> MWBP is often commercial requirement.
>
> WCAG 2.0 is testable, often measurable.
> MWBP is not (although there are separate tests).
>
> regards,
>
> Alan
>
>
> [1]
> http://www.w3.org/2005/MWI/BPWG/Group/TaskForces/Accessibility/drafts/pending.html
>
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