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Re: WCAG 2.0: Linear or Fractal? [was: Re: On Further Consideration]

From: Sean B. Palmer <sean@mysterylights.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 18:51:40 -0000
Message-ID: <006701c07b36$7e8575e0$0ded93c3@z5n9x1>
To: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, "William Loughborough" <love26@gorge.net>
> I don't know how this reflects on the WCAG 2.0 draft itself though.
> That is left up to the consideration of everyone else...

Actually as it is my comment, I suppose it would be impolite to get
everyone else ruminating without a clue as to what I'm talking about.
Onwards:-
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. The crucial part there is "Web", a
set of guidelines to ensure accessibility in a hypermedia Web. When we say
"Web", we mean WWW... let's make it clear that we are talking about no
other Web. The WWW is a decentralized base of hypermedia, and not a
hierarchy, so it fits that the guidlines to increase it's accessibility
should acknowledge the fact that it's a Web, and not a list of stuff. What
we are looking towards trying to achieve is that the WCAG guidelines go
something like:-

     Key Concepts (& why?) => Relations => Techniques (how?)

So I might find "Device Independence", and think either "why?", "what is
this related to?", or "how do I do this?", or a combination of those. In
other words, let's have a few central concepts...then the relations to
other concepts, and *then* the techniques, so that people can choose to
learn about WCAG according to their level of understanding, and not some
hierarchy that we force upon them.

Kindest Regards,
Sean B. Palmer
@prefix : <http://infomesh.net/2001/01/n3terms/#> .
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