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Re: Please review Requirements for WCAG 2.0 (deadline 18 January)

From: Jo Miller <jo@bendingline.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2002 14:45:18 -0500
Message-Id: <p05101001b857b7aa5704@[]>
To: Wendy A Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Thanks, Wendy. I have very few comments, and they are quite minor. As 
far as I can tell, the document captures the consensus items that 
have developed over the past four months in meetings and list 

2. "Each requirement must be easily verifiable."
"Easily" is a subjective, often problematic adverb. If we're going to 
use it in a requirement, perhaps we should be more explicit about 
what we mean. Does this sentence contradict consensus item N7, 
"normative items should not be determined by how easy it is to test. 
(in time and effort) (Testability may be a criterion, but not ease of 

4. "Create accessible, innovative, internationalized Web sites."
Why are "innovative" and "internationalized" here? I'm sure there's 
some history that I'm not aware of, but it seems to me that "create 
accessible Web sites" would be precise and sufficient.

5. "WCAG 2.0 will clearly identify the target audience of each requirement."
I think we mean "target beneficiaries" or "intended beneficiaries of 
each requirement." We've just defined the requirements' audience in 
section 4--web developers, policymakers, teachers, etc.--and I think 
we should avoid using the same word ("audience") here to refer to 
users with disabilities.

A1, A2, and A3 are still in a somewhat shorthand form. Perhaps we 
could revisit them for a few minutes in an upcoming telecon and try 
to capture the group consensus on these points in language that will 
be clearer to outside readers?


>We would like to publish the Requirements for WCAG 2.0 Working Draft 
>on the W3C Technical Reports page. [1]  We are aiming to publish to 
>TR on 25 January.  Please send comments to the list before 18 
>We have not published the Requirements to the TR page yet.  The 
>document had changed very little from the time it was first 
>published (June 2000).  The primary change is the addition of an 
>appendix that contains the consensus items from the "elephant" 
>discussions.  This Appendix to the Requirements for WCAG 2.0 was 
>first published for Working Group review on 18 October 2001. [2]
>The consensus items resulted from discussion that began at the 
>September F2F meetings in Redmond, Washington, USA. [3]
>[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/
>[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/2001OctDec/0128.html
>[3] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/2001JulSep/0960.html
>wendy a chisholm
>world wide web consortium
>web accessibility initiative
>seattle, wa usa
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