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Fwd: Re: EARL 0.95 Available

From: Wendy A Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2001 16:16:00 -0400
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Interesting summary from Kynn. From the IG list.

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>At 09:05 AM 5/29/2001, Joe Clark wrote:
>>Um... WTF is EARL, OK?
>It's a language for making statements about the accessibility of
>something, in a standard machine-readable (and human-displayable)
>For example:
>* I could run a program like Bobby or the W3C validator, and get back
>   a report in EARL which records those things Bobby or the validator
>   can measure.
>* I could sit down and test a site, and record my results in a format
>   that gets changed into EARL (maybe by a script prompting me for
>   answers).
>* I could use a nifty new editor which, on demand, generates an EARL
>   statement about the code it is creating for me.
>* I could then combine all of the above EARL statements into a composite
>   and see how the site measures up against various W3C specifications,
>   such as WCAG or XHTML.  Failures to comply could also be noted in
>   EARL as well.
>EARL is "just" a common language and syntax for expressing things that
>we current talk about in English, such as "this page is single-A accessible
>and it includes D-links" or "this fails checkpoint 2.1" or "alt text
>exists, but William Loughborough doesn't think they're adequate."
>(The last one is not a tongue-and-cheek joke; EARL, as I understand it,
>does indeed allow for value judgments and identification of who made
>those calls.)
>Kynn Bartlett <kynn@reef.com>
>Technical Developer Liaison
>Reef North America
>Tel +1 949-567-7006

wendy a chisholm
world wide web consortium
web accessibility initiative
seattle, wa usa
tel: +1 206.706.5263
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