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Re: Suggested rewording for Checkpoint 1.1

From: Jason White <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>
Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2002 10:37:46 +1100
Message-ID: <15817.42954.603569.343555@jdc.local>
To: Web Content Guidelines <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

Graham Oliver writes:
 > Current wording.
 > 'For all non-text content that can be expressed in words, provide a text 
 > equivalent of the function or information the non-text content was intended 
 > to convey.'
 > Suggested rewording.
 > 'Whenever possible, provide text equivalents.'

I don't like "whenever possible" for several reasons. First, it is a
vague expression that need not be used. Secondly, and more
fundamentally, it can be interpreted as creating an open-ended
exception to the checkpoint: an implementor could use it to claim all
sorts of excuses for not implementing the checkpoint while still
purporting to have conformed to the guidelines.

I prefer Matt's latest wording. I do not favour simplicity at the
expense of precision, but if a simpler, yet equally precise
formulation can be found we should adopt it.
Received on Wednesday, 6 November 2002 18:37:55 UTC

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