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RE: Optional techniques - another proposed editorial note for the techniques drafts

From: John M Slatin <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2004 14:24:00 -0500
Message-ID: <C46A1118E0262B47BD5C202DA2490D1A03B521E5@MAIL02.austin.utexas.edu>
To: <caldwell@trace.wisc.edu>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

Ben writes:

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


John: Agreed. Great suggestion.
Received on Thursday, 29 July 2004 15:25:16 UTC

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