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Re: Accessibility vs. consideration X: how to handle

From: Leonard R. Kasday <kasday@acm.org>
Date: Tue, 02 Jan 2001 15:25:14 -0500
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To: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
OK lets push this a bit further.

Len suggested:
> >3. Define "qualified" compliance that refers to considerations X

Kynn suggested:

>This is a possibility.  Should I include "for claims of non-
>compliance, allow for some sort of 'explanation' or 'excuse' to
>be provided" in the compliance requirements document?  I'm serious,
>that could be useful -- a possible implementation could be a
>pointer to a page which explicitly spells out where, how, and why a
>collection of content is inaccessible.

Len again:

How about the following:

- Label checkpoints similar to WCAG 1.0: Priorities 1, 2, and 3 are defined 
as checkpoints whose violation make it "impossible", "difficult", or 
"somewhat difficult" for one or more groups to be able to use a web 
document (this definition omits the "must" "should" "may" language of WCAG 

- Just like in WCAG 1.0, define single, double, and triple A  as 
respectively satisfying priorities 1, 1+2, and 1+2+3 .

- Define "limited double A" as satisfying  _All_  priorities 1 but only 
some priority 2.  Limited double A must be accompanied by descriptions of 
checkpoint exceptions and reasons for the exceptions.

- Define "limited triple A" as satisfying   _All_  of priority 1 and All 
priority 2, but only some priority 3. Limited triple A must also be 
accompanied by descriptions of checkpoint exceptions and reasons for the 

Note that in this proposal all priority 1 checkpoints must be 
satisfied.  In other words, there is _no_  "limited single A".

Governmental and other bodies are free to choose any of these 
standards.  If they choose one of the "limited" compliance standards, they 
are also free to restrict which if any exceptions they will admit.

I chose the word "limited" to show that not all checkpoints are met, but 
without sounding too negative.

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Leonard R. Kasday, Ph.D.
Institute on Disabilities/UAP and Dept. of Electrical Engineering at Temple 
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