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RE: [w3c-wai-gl] <none>

From: Gregg Vanderheiden <gv@trace.wisc.edu>
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2004 07:51:37 -0500
To: <lisa@ubaccess.com>, "'Chris Ridpath'" <chris.ridpath@utoronto.ca>, "'WAI WCAG List'" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <auto-000126664291@spamarrest.com>

HMM

What tests for clear writing do you know of Lisa.  Please send thoughts.
This one has stumped us.  Lots of things to measure but nothing that really
separates clear from unclear.   Maybe we can't have a 'pass = fail' but we
could have something that would provide indicators of things that usually
accompany less clear writing. 

 
Gregg

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Gregg C Vanderheiden Ph.D. 
Professor - Ind. Engr. & BioMed Engr.
Director - Trace R & D Center 
University of Wisconsin-Madison 


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Subject: [w3c-wai-gl] <none>

Looks like a lot of work Chris

a few comments

1, I would love to see some tests for clear writing, which for English
there are a lot. Are you writing them?
2, Not minimizing the real usefulness of this work, a lot of the tests do
not guarantee conformance or accessibility, but are a useful as a  yard
stick and as an alarm bell...

The best yard stick is still testing your interface with people with
disabilities. It would be a shame for people to reduce the amount of user
testing.
I would like to see something along thoughs lines as a footnote on each
test page.

3, puting the two points together. A sentence that has
a, a low reading age score,
b, a low number of conjunctions and comers,
c, is short
is probably clear and simple.

 Certainly failing these "testable" criteria is a good alarm bell that you
may want a rewrite. But to be safe, test with users with Learning
disabilities


Keep well
Lisa Seeman
Received on Wednesday, 13 October 2004 12:51:47 GMT

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