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RE: Searching guidelines and techniques

From: Wendy A Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2004 10:34:40 -0400
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To: "John M Slatin" <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>, "Gregg Vanderheiden" <gv@trace.wisc.edu>, "Jason White" <jasonw@ariel.its.unimelb.edu.au>
Cc: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, shawn@w3.org

>Responding to my query about adding a search feature to WCAG 2, Gregg
>Only the guidelines are normative so that may be the only doc that we
>restrictions on.   I think Wendy is checking this out in more detail.
>Is it the *content* of the Guidelines document that's normative, or is
>there also a normative *view* of that content that's also the only
>permitted view? Would it be consistent with our own principles to permit
>only a single view of the content?

Yes, it is the content of the guidelines that is normative.  Other 
"views"  may be produced that are non-normative - in W3C lingo they are 
called "non-normative alternatives."  Most commonly, this refers to the PDF 
or zip of all files in a Recommendation into a single file.  Currently, 
translations are also non-normative, although there is a proposal to make 
approved translations normative.  "Non-normative alternatives" are 
described at [0].  It says, "Authors MAY provide non-normative alternatives 
(available at other URIs)."

W3C/WAI (via the EOWG) will also provide summaries and other material such 
as the quick tips [1] and the curriculum [2].  As a starting place (an 
entryway into WCAG and the related materials), the EOWG is designing 
"overview pages" [3,4]. They are also redesigning the entire WAI Web site 
[5]. With all of these changes,  WCAG (and the other guidelines, UAAG and 
ATAG) will no longer be an island.

The W3C has installed the google search appliance and (with some tweaking 
by our web team) will be able to include google searches limited to 
portions of our web site.  This feature is available on the W3C home page: 


[0] <http://www.w3.org/2004/02/02-pubrules.html#normative-versions>
[1] <http://www.w3.org/WAI/References/QuickTips/>
[2] <http://www.w3.org/WAI/wcag-curric/>
[3] Requirements for overview pages 
[4] WCAG example overview page 
[5] <http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/2003/redesign.html>

wendy a chisholm
world wide web consortium
web accessibility initiative
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