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RE: WCAG 1.0 - checkpoint 11.4, policy and parallel web sites

From: John M Slatin <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>
Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 08:10:41 -0500
Message-ID: <C46A1118E0262B47BD5C202DA2490D1A03318166@MAIL02.austin.utexas.edu>
To: "Roberto Castaldo" <r.castaldo@iol.it>, "Gregg Vanderheiden" <gv@trace.wisc.edu>, "Roberto Scano \(IWA/HWG\)" <rscano@iwa-italy.org>, <ij@w3.org>
Cc: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, <jbrewer@w3.org>

Roberto Scano wrote:

We are talking about "separate" web sites with the same contents and
functionalities; IMHO, checkpoint 11.4 only refers to single, isolated
pages in a web site, not to an entire web site.

It's true that a web site is made of many single pages, but checkpoint
11.4 doesn't speak about web sites; I do believe that WCAG message to
developers is quite clear: "you may use CSS to create various skins, but
do not create multiple separate web sites to address accessibility
Anyway, this is an interpretation problem that we should try and avoid
in WCAG 2.0.
John responds:
I aagree with Roberto's interpretation of 11.4: it allows for separate,
alternative versions of individual pages that cannot be made accessible
for some reason, but not for separate, alternative versions of entire

I am also coming to agree with the position Lisa Seaman took in a recent
post: that 11.4 *may* allow alternative *renderings* when they are
generated from a single source, for example an XML source to which
different XSLT transformations are applied.  

John Slatin
Received on Tuesday, 7 September 2004 13:10:44 UTC

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