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Re: Review Accessibility Site?

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 02:24:24 +0300
To: "Fentress, Robert" <rfentres@vt.edu>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Message-ID: <opsbrsqyj3w5l938@widsith.local>

On Mon, 26 Jul 2004 18:53:28 -0400, Fentress, Robert <rfentres@vt.edu>  
wrote:

> A while back, I developed a site on Section 508 compliance for internal
> use by our developers, and I think my boss might want to make it a
> generally available resource.  If anyone has the time to take a look at
> it and tell me if you notice any glaring mistakes I've made, I'd
> appreciate it:
>
>
> http://www.iddl.vt.edu/rcd/accessibility/

Some notes:

I don't agree with the characterisation of the relationship between 508  
and WCAG - there are a number of people who have looked at this, adn I  
don't recall the last time it was discussed in a WAI list. I can look it  
up and give you my own humble opinion, or you can look at/for others. But  
I think the one you have taken is pretty easily demnstrated to be  
incorrect.

http://www.iddl.vt.edu/rcd/accessibility/policy.html could use a more  
detailed table of contents, and if you argue that some of the points of  
508 are exactly the same as WCAG checkpoints, it would be worth noting  
that at each point.

http://www.iddl.vt.edu/rcd/accessibility/policy.html#WCAG1 [[
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines also list Priority 2 and 3  
Checkpoints. While the W3C says web content developers must satisfy  
Priority 1 Checkpoints, they only say developers should satisfy Priority 2  
Checkpoints and may address Priority 3 Checkpoints. Therefore, while not  
legally required, these other checkpoints are recommended.
]]

The WCAG isn't a law - its use of "must, should, may" follows common  
practice for technical specifications, and is related to the three levels  
of conformance. It's got nothing to do with what is a legal requirement.  
As an example, 508 doesn't require conformance to WCAG level-A, whereas  
European law is being updated in each country to require conformance to  
level double-A (that is, you MUST do everything of priority 1 or 2 to meet  
the legal requirements of those countries).

http://www.iddl.vt.edu/rcd/accessibility/tools.html - you might want to  
link to the massive list of tools at http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/existingtools

It would also be useful to look specifically at tools that can be used for  
maintaining information about the status of various sections of the site.

You might want to point at the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines  
http://www.w3.org/WAI/AU and consider tools which meet, or meet more of,  
those guidelines.

just some quick thoughts.

cheers

Chaals

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Charles McCathieNevile          charles@sidar.org
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