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Re: WCAG 2.0 Test Suite

From: Chris Ridpath <chris.ridpath@utoronto.ca>
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 15:10:41 -0500
Message-ID: <02dd01c4d7e1$d4c748a0$e29a968e@WILDDOG>
To: "Jens Meiert" <jens.meiert@erde3.com>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

> A general remark -- the /test/ suite here and there only looks like
> guidelines which in detail means that it simply introduces inexecutable
> tests (how to assess "decorative" and "important", how to verify a "valid
> address", differentiate "layout" and "data" tables and so on).
>
Yes, sadly, there are still ambiguities in the test suite. We're working to
remove or diminish them as much as possible but I fear they will always be
some. Most of the ambiguous terms you mentioned will be defined or removed
as we validate each test.

> I suggest to reduce the amount of image tests...
>
Good suggestion. Could we carry this further in my following message dealing
with image tests?

> Next, I'm not sure if any ALT length restriction is useful at all, but
I'll
> have to explain that in detail, I fear.
>
This has been a contentious issue and it's raised in my following message on
image tests.

Cheers,
Chris

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jens Meiert" <jens.meiert@erde3.com>
To: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 2004 2:40 PM
Subject: Re: WCAG 2.0 Test Suite


>
> > http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/tests/
> >
> > Please take a look and post your comments to this list.
>
> I suggest to reduce the amount of image tests, since at least the tests
"IMG
> element must have an ALT attribute", "Important images should not have
empty
> ALT text", "Decorative images should have empty ALT text", and "ALT text
> can't be empty (null or all spaces) if image is used as an anchor" could
and
> IMHO should be merged into "Check if all but decorative images outside
> anchors have an ALT attribute". Why needlessly complicated?
>
> Next, I'm not sure if any ALT length restriction is useful at all, but
I'll
> have to explain that in detail, I fear.
>
> A general remark -- the /test/ suite here and there only looks like
> guidelines which in detail means that it simply introduces inexecutable
> tests (how to assess "decorative" and "important", how to verify a "valid
> address", differentiate "layout" and "data" tables and so on).
>
> Further feedback will follow.
>
>
>  Jens.
>
>
> -- 
> Jens Meiert
> Interface Architect (IxD)
>
> http://meiert.com/
>
Received on Wednesday, 1 December 2004 20:11:29 GMT

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