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Re: New R1

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 6 Apr 2002 21:47:53 -0500 (EST)
To: Gregg Vanderheiden <GV@TRACE.WISC.EDU>
cc: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, "'Judy Brewer'" <jbrewer@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0204062141270.18088-100000@tux.w3.org>
I don't think this is a good idea. Policy makers can easily adopt or cite
WCAG, and if they want to understand it then it should be clear to a general
audience. However it appears to me that this priveliges policy makers as a
target audience above "general readers", and could be interpreted as saying
that what is in WCAG has to make acceptable policy. The latter interpretation
is completely unacceptable, since different countries are going to have
different ideas of what that means, and as a citizen of a country which uses
a very different written standard to the US I am concerned that this document
will simply be irrelevant. The idea that policy makers should be priveliged
above general readers, seems like a bad approach to me.

I disagree with the proposal, and I very strongly object to any
requirement that WCAG can be adopted as policy unless it is made extremely
that this does not imply that policy considerations are grounds for
determining the technical requirements of WCAG.

Charles McCN

On Fri, 5 Apr 2002, Gregg Vanderheiden wrote:

  At teleconf call today we reached consensus on collapsing R1,2, and 3
  into a new R1 as listed below.

  It is posted to the List for comment before adoption next week.

  R1: WCAG 2.0 deliverables should be more understandable and usable by a
  wider audience than was anticipated for WCAG 1.0, including policy
  makers.   While the WCAG WG does not set policy, harmonization of
  accessibility requirements helps drive demand for supporting
  implementations in Web applications; therefore it should be easy for
  policy makers and individuals responsible for implementing policy  to
  understand, cite and/or adopt WCAG 2.0 and related deliverables.


  For WCAG

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