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Re: conformance

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2001 22:45:37 -0400 (EDT)
To: Anne Pemberton <apembert@erols.com>
cc: W3C Guidelines <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0110102237460.17456-100000@tux.w3.org>
Well, I think there have been a number of voices to say that presenting
something simple to users is important.

There have also been calls for somethiing that allows for more flexible and
complex reporting.

I think  both of these needs can be met well, the first by agreeing (for now)
to having a simple conformance system (I would say no more complex than the
three levels of WCAG 1.0), and the second by enabloing more detailed
reporting through EARL or other metadata schemes which can be readily
transformed into the simple form.

However, I don't think that whether sites are open to the public, or who the
site provider is, makes good grounds for deciding on a different conformance
level. I think that it needs to be clearer what the difference in conformance
means to users, and then authors have the responsibility to work  out to what
extent they will ensure access.

Charles McCN

On Wed, 10 Oct 2001, Anne Pemberton wrote:

  Gian's explanation helps make it obvious that only two levels are needed
  ... minimum level for those whose sites have a limited audience and full
  compliance for all sites with a general audience or a specific audience
  that includes folks with all disabilities.

  Government sites have greater reason to be fully compliant than disability
  providers (who may target one or two types of disabilities rather than the
  full range). Commercial sites that offer services and products to the
  general public have greater reasons for compliance than commercial sites
  that are just "we are here" sites.

  Again, I think we can do it with two uncomplicated levels, one for sites
  that aren't open to the public and one for those that are.


  Anne Pemberton


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