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Re: Discussion of 11.4

From: Wendy A Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 04 Feb 2000 15:12:46 -0500
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To: "Leonard R. Kasday" <kasday@acm.org>, w3c-wai-er-ig@w3.org
I propose that you take this to the WCAG list.

At 06:26 PM 1/30/00 , Leonard R. Kasday wrote:
>There's a technical WCAG issue here regarding alternative pages.
>WCAG states
>>Conformance Level "A": all Priority 1 checkpoints are satisfied;
>>               Conformance Level "Double-A": all Priority 1 and 2 
>> checkpoints are satisfied;
>>               Conformance Level "Triple-A": all Priority 1, 2, and 3 
>> checkpoints are satisfied;
>Now lets say there's a page that flunks Level A, but a correpsonding 
>accessible page, a so-called "text only" page that passes triple A.  And 
>lets say it's a case where there was just no other way to do it.  So 11.4 
>properly applies.
>If we read the conformance definitition literally the page still flunks 
>level A, because not all checkpoints are satisfied. This is if you read 
>WCAG very precisely,  e.g. like a lawyer, programmer, or systems 
>engineer.  I believe the spirit of WCAG was to pass the page if there's an 
>equivalent.  So there should be an extra clause like
>"However, a page links to an accessible page per checkpoint 11.4, the 
>conformance level of the former shall be the conformance level of that 
>alternative page."
>P.S. Note that if you object to alternative pages altogether, that's not 
>the issue here.  That would be an argument for throwing out 11.4.  I'm 
>just saying that WCAG needs this extra statement to say literally what I 
>believe was intended.  By the way, personally speaking, I think that WCAG 11.4
>I'm personally faced with applying ratings to some State pages so this is 
>more than an academic issue to me.
>Leonard R. Kasday, Ph.D.
>Institute on Disabilities/UAP, and
>Department of Electrical Engineering
>Temple University
>423 Ritter Annex, Philadelphia, PA 19122
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wendy a chisholm
world wide web consortium
web accessibility initiative
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