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Re: First Stab at Set of Principles for 'Minimum Conformance'

From: Anne Pemberton <apembert@erols.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 06:28:23 -0400
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To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
No minimum conformance will be acceptable without inclusion of the needs of 
the cognitively and reading disabled population. It makes no difference 
whether a blind person is faced with a page of graphics without alt text or 
a reading disabled person is faced with a page of text without 
illustrations, they are equally inaccessible to the respective users.
Either situation presents as "no access" to the user.


At 05:26 AM 10/24/01 +0100, Graham Oliver wrote:
>OK well in response to this week's request.
>Principles for 'Minimum Conformance'
>1. All Guidelines that are needed to enable 'access
>to' information (as opposed to 'understanding of')
>should be included
>2. The Minimum should be at least as 'strong' as the
>current 'Single A'
>3. Any Guideline that is needed to prevent adverse
>health consequences should be included.
>4. The inclusion of a Guideline in the minimum should
>not disadvantage anyone.
>5. The more people that benefit from a Guideline the
>stronger the case for inclusion in the Minimum.
>6. The Guideline must be easy to implement
>7. The Guideline must be easily verifiable (this is
>part of the Draft Requirements)
>8. The Minimum Standard must be relatively
>straightforard to adapt to changes in technology.
>9. No Guideline in the minimum must be 'technology
>A related point is that if a guideline meets the
>requirements for inclusion in the minimum but does
>*not* meet 6. and 7. due to technology limitations,
>then the guideline should be flagged.
>The flag indicates that when and if the technology
>advances to allow compliance with principles 6 and 7
>the guideline will be slotted into the Minimum.
>Graham Oliver
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Anne Pemberton

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