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Re: draft comments/questions on Test70, Test149, Test150 - my action item

From: Chris Ridpath <chris.ridpath@utoronto.ca>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 16:09:08 -0500
Message-ID: <231301c512d9$6c2144d0$e29a968e@WILDDOG>
To: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, "Tim Boland" <frederick.boland@nist.gov>
Cc: <frederick.boland@nist.gov>
Thanks for your helpful comments Tim.

You had some preliminary questions:

1) Should there be an email address given where those outside WCAG can submit candidate tests

We have our technique submission form that can be used to start the process. I think we can improve on this though. I agree that we should make it easy to submit new tests/techniques but I'm not able to put any time into it right now. Anyone interested?

2) Should there be an initial screening?

Yes, there is an initial screening that should be done. Unfortunately there's a lot of tests and not much time so the screening is not very thorough right now.

3) Maybe each test should have in its content a self-explanatory test purpose...?

I think that sort of information should be contained elsewhere like the techs/checklists or the guidelines themselves. It would be nice to have a good trail to see where the test came from.

4) A more meaningful naming of test cases for easy identification...?

The tests are named according to their testable statement. Well, they should be named that way but there are still some of the old names hanging around. I'm fixing as quick as I can. We're using the numbers because the test names may change and the text will change when they are translated. It's better to refer to the test by number.

TEST 70
There's a bug with test 70 that we should have caught earlier. This is actually supposed to be a test for the improper use of list items within a menu element. The menu element has been deprecated so this test was going to be rejected. Unfortunately it went out to you before I caught the bug. My apologies. Test 70 is now rejected because the menu item is deprecated.

Your comments regarding the MARQUEE element are still valid and apply to test 69[1]. (Michael I don't think anyone was assigned test 69 were they??)

The MARQUEE element is not a real HTML element but it's still in occasional use so that's why there is a test for it.

The test is required by guideline 2.2, level 2, SC2 (...stop dynamic content.) It could also be required by guideline 4.1, level 1, SC1 (elements used according to spec).

I think there's good cause to prohibit the use of MARQUEE.

TEST 149 and 150
The test process section was not complete for these tests. Let me fix up and I'll get back to you tomorrow.

Chris


[1] http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/tests/test69.html
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