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RE: [171] accessible rebroadcasts

From: Jason White <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2003 10:41:51 +1000
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To: Web Content Guidelines <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

My recallection of the issue is that the option of using scope of
conformance claims in this way was still open, but we hadn't decided
whether we wanted to limit it to avoid the types of cases that John
mentioned in his contribution to this thread. Gregg also raised the
example once before of a hypothetical commerce site in which
everything is claimed to be conformant except the order completion
form.

I also think we need to distinguish scoping of conformance claims from
the creation of subsets of our core checkpoints. The latter shouldn't
be endorsed for conformance purposes - one can't implement a subset
of the minimum and then claim WCAG conformance, as this leads to a
fragmentation of the standard. However, that's a different issue from
determining that certain content must, or need not, as the case may
be, conform at all.

I also wonder whether the issue John reiterated with his well chosen
illustrations is ultimately a problem of perception. For example,
given accurate metadata conformance claims, a tool could tell you that
only the main pages are WCAG 2.0-conformant but the remainder aren't,
whereas iconic (and to a lesser extent textual) conformance claims can
more readily be misinterpreted, especially by those who aren't
acquainted with the details of the conformance scheme.

One solution might be to separate "conformance claims" from
"conformance logos" and to impose stronger conditions on the use of
the latter. I haven't considered the implications of this idea in
great detail but it ought at least to be discussed when we return to
these conformance-related issues.

Comments? Proposals?
Received on Wednesday, 25 June 2003 20:41:59 GMT

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