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Re: Developing Websites for Older People comment reply

From: Ian Pouncey <w3c@ipouncey.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2010 12:48:42 +0100
Message-ID: <AANLkTim3X4eWxictXhzXM+p0VF46=YPreZ3uKaQeWvUL@mail.gmail.com>
To: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Cc: "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
Hi Shawn,

I also approve of your response. It is interesting that Chris has the
opposite opinion to me of recommending access to a human customer
service as a primary solution. Is there time for EO to dicsuss this on
an upcoming call?

Ian.

On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 3:23 PM, Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org> wrote:
> Dear EOWG,
>
> A participant of the WCAG working group provided comments on the final draft
> of Developing Websites for Older People, which is at:
> http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/Drafts/sites-older-users/
>
> The comments are online at:
> http://www.w3.org/egov/wiki/User:Cbeer/WCAG_20100909
>
> A draft reply to the commenter is below.
>
> Please review the draft reply below and send any comments to the list in
> preparation for discussion in EOWG this Friday.
>
> Thanks,
> ~Shawn
>
> # DRAFT START #
>
> Dear Chris,
>
> Thank you for your comments on the draft Developing Websites for Older
> People document.
>        Document: http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/Drafts/sites-older-users/
>        Comments: http://www.w3.org/egov/wiki/User:Cbeer/WCAG_20100909
> Please find below responses from EOWG.
>
> # Overall comments:
>
> Many of the aspects you raise are beyond the scope of this document, which
> is intended for developers who are looking for concrete guidance on how to
> improve their websites rather than for background information.
>
> Some of these aspects are covered in the Literature Review [1], which
> provides the foundation for this document. The Literature Review is
> currently a working draft and we welcome your comments on it, too, if you
> are interested.
>
> [1] Web Accessibility for Older Users: A Literature Review
>  - <http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wai-age-literature>
>
> We also expect readers of this document to have read Web Accessibility and
> Older People: Meeting the Needs of Ageing Web Users [2] and obtained
> additional background about older people using the Web before they read this
> document. (Although of course we cannot be certain that they have other
> background information, it is not the purpose of this document to provide
> it.)
>
> [2] Web Accessibility and Older People: Meeting the Needs of Ageing Web
> Users
>  - http://www.w3.org/WAI/older-users/
>
> # Perceivable information and user interface - CAPTCHA
>
> As this technique is not applicable to all websites (in particular, to the
> many websites of smaller organizations or of individuals) and not ideal for
> many people (for instance, because of cost of making a call, limitations of
> phone operator availability, etc). This does not make it apt to weight it
> above other technical solutions that provide alternatives that are integral
> parts of a website.
>
> # Operable user interface and navigation - Distractions (audience)
>
> The level of conformance that website owners select or must adhere to is a
> policy question and out of scope for this particular document.
>
> # Robust content and reliable interpretation - Older equipment/software
>
> This document maps some of the needs of older people identified in the
> Literature Review to existing WCAG 2.0 Techniques. Developing such
> techniques is, however, out of scope of this particular effort. We encourage
> the development of additional WCAG 2.0 Techniques that we can add to this
> document.
>
> Thank you again for taking the time to read and comment on this document.
>
> Regards,
> Andrew Arch,
> Shadi About Zahra,
> Shawn Henry,
> for EOWG
>
>
> ###
>
>
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