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Optional techniques - another proposed editorial note for the techniques drafts

From: Ben Caldwell <caldwell@trace.wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 14:20:09 -0500
Message-Id: <200407291920.i6TJKGYW005936@jalopy.cae.wisc.edu>
To: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

Though many of the draft techniques include editorial notes questioning the accessibility benefits of using them, the latest techniques drafts do not clearly identify optional techniques. Because this information has not yet been included are we in any way implying that each technique in the drafts must be implemented in order to conform to the guidelines?

I suggest we include the following editorial note in CSS, HTML and Gateway drafts to address this concern:

Editor's note: At this point in time, optional techniques have not been identified in the drafts. Issue #772 [1] asks, "How do we make it clear that there are some techniques that are sufficient and some that are optional?" and we have not yet reached consensus on a resolution. We expect that work on the technology-specific checklists progresses, techniques that would be required for conformance and optional techniques will be more clearly identified. 

[1] http://trace.wisc.edu/bugzilla_wcag/show_bug.cgi?id=772

Ben Caldwell | <caldwell@trace.wisc.edu>
Trace Research and Development Center <http://trace.wisc.edu>   
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