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RE: Guidelines or Standards

From: Gregg Vanderheiden <gv@trace.wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2005 14:27:42 -0600
To: "'Guide Lines list'" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <015901c5f911$2f0eda70$ee8cfea9@NC6000BAK>

A few comments on this topic.  These are just my impressions from all that
has been said on this topic over time.

1) we do know that some will use our guidelines in regulatory ways.

2) many organizations/companies (even those that don't appreciate
regulations) are hoping that WCAG 2.0 would be used by those who will make
regulations so that there will be harmony

3) we are not charged with writing those regulations or with deciding scope

4) to ignore the fact that others will use it that way is not logical

5) if 2 is true, making it hard to translate into regulatory language any
more than we have to is also not logical.

So I think we are in a situation where we must
- focus on writing a good technical guideline standard  (called a
recommendation in W3C parlance). 
- wording it in a form most appropriate to this task
- but keeping in mind that others may be using it for guidance for
regulatory activity and we don't want to write it in a way that makes it
hard for them to do that well. 


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Gregg C Vanderheiden Ph.D. 
Professor - Ind. Engr. & BioMed Engr.
Director - Trace R & D Center 
University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Received on Sunday, 4 December 2005 20:27:48 UTC

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