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Requiring ATAG conformance

From: <lguarino@adobe.com>
Date: Mon, 02 May 2005 15:56:20 -0700
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
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One of the proposals made for GL 4.2 was to include ATAG conformance 
for authoring applications:

[5] authoring applications (part of conformance?)
<proposal>
Web applications that are created for the sole purpose of assisting
users to create content intended for publication on the web must
conform to at least Level A of the ATAG 2.0 Guidelines.
</proposal>

In looking at the most recent ATAG 2.0 draft, it appears that ATAG 
requires WCAG conformance:

<ATAG Guideline>
1.1 Ensure that the authoring interface follows applicable software 
accessibility guidelines. [Authoring Interface Checkpoints Relative to 
WCAG or Authoring Interface Checkpoints Relative to ISO-TS-16071] 
Rationale: If the authoring interface does not follow these 
guidelines, people with disabilities may not be able to author Web 
content.

Techniques: Implementation Techniques for Checkpoint 1.1

Success Criteria:

The authoring tool must satisfy at least one of the following 
conditions: 
(a) At least one full-featured Web-based authoring interface must 
always conform to WCAG. 
(b) At least one full-featured non-Web-based authoring interface must 
always conform to ISO-TS-16071. 
</ATAG Guideline>

So adding this requirement introduces a mutual dependency between the 
guidelines. Can we do this, or does this introduce an infinite 
recursion? 
Received on Monday, 2 May 2005 22:56:58 UTC

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