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Structure of the guidelines: four options to consider

From: Jason White <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 10:37:25 +1100 (EST)
To: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.4.10.10101091018530.12297-100000@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>
In view of the recent discussions, there are four options currently open
with respect to the over-all structure of the guidelines. We need to
decide among these, preferably sooner rather than later, so that the basic
organization of the document can be fixed. The choices are:

1. To adopt my original proposal of four guidelines:
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/2001JanMar/0155.html (this
proposal is an outline only; the checkpoints do not represent final
wording, which would largely be taken from the existing drafts, with
Wendy's editorial good judgment applied).

2. The same as above, but reduced to three guidelines, by combining (a)
device-independence, and (b) interoperability/compatibility issues, into
guideline 1 (effectively combining my proposed guidelines 1 and 4 into
guideline 1).

3. The same as proposal 2, above, but also combining comprehension (my
proposed guideline 3) with browsing and navigation (my proposed guideline
2), thus yielding two guidelines: (1) device
independence/interoperability-compatibility; and (2)
comprehension/browsing/navigation. Note that, when we last proposed a
draft which combined comprehension with browsing and navigation under a
single guideline, concerns were raised that two quite distinct issues were
being confusingly brought together, and we resolved to separate them into
two distinct guidelines, one devoted to comprehension, and the other to

4. Develop some other proposal on the basis of which to organise the

Please indicate which option you would prefer, and why, as we attempt to
achieve consensus.
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