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RE: Issue #1556

From: Wendy Chisholm <wendy@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2005 13:04:04 -0400
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To: "Gian Sampson-Wild" <giansw@ifocus.com.au>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

At 10:59 PM 8/22/2005, Gian Sampson-Wild wrote:

>Has the WG had a discussion on baseline?

Not just one....many and for several months.  :)

>  It seems that Javascript has
>been decided as a baseline - can someone point me in the direction of
>the thread which discusses this?

Instead of linking to all discussions of baseline (although searching the 
archives and minutes should give you a lot of information), here is our 
current understanding.

Description in the 30 June 2005 Working Draft:

Examples of how someone could claim conformance to different baseline 
assumptions is at (although not discussed nor agreed upon by the WCAG WG):

In the request for review for the 30 June 2005 Working Draft we asked, "
2. Instead of assuming that end-users have browsers that conform to the
         User Agent Accessibility Guidelines as we did in the 19 November 2004
         Working Draft, this draft relies on authors declaring a "baseline."
         Baselines may also be set by company policy, customers or 
While we
         have not yet provided all of the support materials needed to use 
         we have worked on the definitions and incorporated it into some 
         criteria.  The WCAG WG is interested in feedback about the baseline
         approach that will allow authors the flexibility to use new 
         while providing information about making good choices for which 
         are most widely available and accessible."

The issue you are referring to (1556) is to collect responses to that question.

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