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Re: First draft: proposal for guideline 4.2

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 16:17:54 +0000 (UTC)
To: WAI-GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.60.0409101614320.20407@aristotle.multipattern.com>

> Level 1:
> 1. There is at least one user agent of which all of the following are
> true:

There are no user agents *for* which all of those things are true, and 
there may never be.

> a. It meets the default set of requirements for conformance at Level A of
> the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.

List three in common use that meet that requirement.

> b. It supports all of the technologies minimally required to create a 
> functiona l presentation of the content [and to operate its 
> functionality - do we need to mention functionality explicitly?].

Well, what does that mean? The default install of Firefox version 6 comes 
with Flash and PDF readers?

> c. Each of the technologies required to create a functional presentation 
> of the content, is listed in the user agent's UAAG 1.0 conformance 
> profile.

Give me a *single* user agent in use *anywhere* today that meeets that 

Etc., etc.

This wording requires conformance to a set of guidelines, UAAG, that is 
almost entirely ignored (as ATAG also is). The Web author has no power 
whatsoever to make a user agent conform to UAAG. Make it a requirement and 
nobody at all, nobody, will be able to comply with WCAG Level 1 for an 
indeterminate number of years, probably five or more.


     Joe Clark | joeclark@joeclark.org
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