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Comments on WCAG 2.0 Working Draft by WAI AUWG

From: Jan Richards <jan.richards@utoronto.ca>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 15:13:48 -0400
Message-ID: <412258EC.8070403@utoronto.ca>
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
CC: Wendy Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>, Matt May <mcmay@w3.org>, Jutta Treviranus <jutta.treviranus@utoronto.ca>

Hello,

This message is being sent on behalf of the Authoring Tools Working 
Group (AUWG). This is a compilation of comments on the recent working 
draft of WCAG 2.0 (http://www.w3.org/TR/2004/WD-WCAG20-20040730/)

1. There was agreement on the July 12 joint call to add a reference to 
WCAG regarding the role ATAG compliant tools will play in large scale 
use of the guidelines. This has not yet been added to WCAG, so the AUWG 
suggests the following:

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Authoring Tools (A new heading right after "Audience" in Introduction to 
WCAG 2.0)

A large proportion of Web content is created using authoring tool
software. By making authoring decisions directly or framing choices to
the author, these tools exercise a great deal of control over the nature
of the web content they produce. While it is recommended that all
authors become familiar with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines,
it is understood that widespread conformance to the guidelines will
depend on the degree to which authoring tools support and encourage
authoring practices that result in conformant content.

Developers of authoring tools can help to make their tools more
WCAG-aware by adhering to the requirements of the W3C-WAI Authoring Tool
Accessibility Guidelines [ATAG], for which implementation techniques are
also available.

User and purchasers of authoring tools are encouraged to make
conformance to W3C-WAI Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines [ATAG] a
factor when selecting tools.

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2. Also the definition of "extreme changes in context" seems unfinished.
Tim Boland has also commented on this to the WCAG list:
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/2004JulSep/0344.html

3. There was also some confusion as to whether the slight difference in 
naming convention between conformance claims in WCAG 2.0 vs. 1.0 was 
purposeful:

conformance at level AAA vs. Conformance Level "Triple-A"

4. There may also be some follow-up comments regarding the profile of 
metadata requirements in WCAG 2.0.

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Cheers,
Jan

-- 
Jan Richards, M.Sc.
User Interface Design Specialist
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC), University of Toronto

   Email: jan.richards@utoronto.ca
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