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RE: [Techniques]Draft requirements for General Techniques

From: John M Slatin <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 08:52:16 -0600
Message-ID: <6EED8F7006A883459D4818686BCE3B3B7ADCC3@MAIL01.austin.utexas.edu>
To: "Gregg Vanderheiden" <gv@trace.wisc.edu>, "Doyle-Work" <dburnett@sesa.org>, "W3C Web Content" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Gregg wrote:
[ <blockquote> Because they must be technically accurate - and are not
intended to be the instructional materials,  i don't expect that we will
manage to get them down to too low a level.  But we should  get them as
simple and clear as possible. 

	</blockquote>

	 

	I[JMS]  proposed a readability goal of 9th grade (first year of
high school in the US) for the General Techniques because that is
considered the upper limit for presenting technical content that
includes new information and ideas.  .

	[JMS] John 
	[JMS]  
	
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		From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org
[mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of John M Slatin
		Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 6:21 PM
		To: Doyle-Work; W3C Web Content
		Subject: RE: [Techniques]Draft requirements for General
Techniques

		Doyle wrote:

		[jms] <blockquote> I just ran a Flesch Reading Ease
score on our working draft guidelines [1] and came up with a 39.4 and a
Flesch Grade Level of 12th grade.  Granted, this test was automated
through Microsoft Word but likely close enough to gain a little
information about readability.  I fully agree with what John has
submitted in his proposal marked <proposed> below but have long-felt
that the guidelines do not provide an easy read.  
		 
		[jms] </blockquote>

		Thanks for running the check, Doyle! I know we're not
there yet. We'll work on it, and any help will be much appreciated.

		 

		John 
		<proposed>
		1.    The General Techniques must offer concrete
strategies that can be implemented in a wide variety of technologies to
satisfy specific success criteria
		2.    Each General Technique must clearly indicate what
is required  for conformance to the SC it applies to
		3.    Each technique must provide at least one clear
example 
		4.    Each general technique must be testable (support
at least one checklist item)
		5.    The General Techniques must be clearly written
		a.     Readable at or below 9th grade level (Flesch
Reading Ease score 55 or higher )
		6.    The General Techniques must serve the same diverse
audiences as the Guidelines
		7.    Each General Technique must provide links to
relevant technology-specific techniques
		8.    The General Techniques document(s)  must stand in
clear relation to other documents in the WCAG 2.0 collection
		</proposed>
		
		[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/
		
		Doyle Burnett
		
		

			Doyle Burnett
			Education and Training Specialist
			Multiple Disabilities Program
			Special Education Service Agency
			dburnett@sesa.org
			Www.sesa.org
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