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Re: Baseline description -- HERE IS WHAT I AM SENDING LATER THIS AM. LET ME KNOW IF YOU SEE ANY PROBLEMS WITH IT

From: Makoto Ueki <makoto.ueki@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2006 13:00:12 +0900
Message-ID: <29e2613a0609072100x343f3e39n26b816f77b0e8745@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Gregg Vanderheiden" <gv@trace.wisc.edu>
Cc: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org

Hi Gregg,

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> 8.                             WAI will be creating guidelines for creating
> baselines - as well as creating sample Baselines for 2007.
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I have a question on this. Will WAI also do that for Japanese? What
about the other languages than English? The user agents' support would
be different among the languages.

- Makoto


2006/9/7, Gregg Vanderheiden <gv@trace.wisc.edu>:
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> We have been working on a better short description of the baseline concept.
> Here is a version to comment on.
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> Easier to understand?    Harder to misunderstand?
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> Thanks
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> Gregg
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> Baseline basics
> One sentence version:
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> A Baseline is an established list of technologies (HTML, CSS, etc.) that are
> accessible and that an author can choose from when creating accessible Web
> content.
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> Elevator version (also to be used in Introduction):
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> Baseline is a new concept introduced in WCAG 2.0.  A baseline is a list of
> Web technologies (HTML, CSS, etc.) that are supported in most user agents
> (browsers, assistive technologies, etc.) in a way that meets the needs of
> people with disabilities. Baselines should only be created by those who
> understand accessibility and Assistive Technology support.  Others should
> use established, recognized baselines.     One way to think about baselines
> is:  An established list of technologies (HTML, CSS, etc.) that are
> accessible and that an author can choose from when creating accessible Web
> content (because it has been determined that there is sufficient
> accessibility support for them).
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> (PS the elevator version is something so short you can say it on an elevator
> ride to give someone a rough idea of what you are talking about)
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> Further notes on baselines
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> 1.                             " Baselines" is an important new concept to
> allow WCAG 2.0 that allow it to remain relevant over time and adapt as new
> technologies come out and are supported by AT.
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> 2.                             A baseline is a list of Web technologies
> (e.g. HTML, CSS, PDF etc.)
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>            NOTE: a baseline is NEVER a list of user agents or AT (i.e. a
> baseline NEVER includes things like IE or Firefox or Jaws or Home Page
> Reader)
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> 3.                             To conform to WCAG, a Web Unit (e.g. Web
> Page) must
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>            1) conform to WCAG when all non-baseline technologies used in
> the Web Unit are turned off in the browser; and also
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>            2) conform to WCAG when they are turned on in the browser (i.e.
> the technologies not in the baseline should not interfere with use of the
> accessibility of the (full) content that is implemented with baseline
> technologies).
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>          FOR EXAMPLE:   If Flash is not in the baseline  then the Web
> Content must conform when Flash is turned off  and also when FLASH is
> turned on.   (the Flash content does not have to be accessible in either
> condition but the accessible alternatives must be able to be accessed in
> both conditions).
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> 4.                             Baselines should only be created by those who
> understand accessibility and Assistive Technology support.  Others should
> use established baselines.
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> 5.                             Baselines should be specified by the same
> entity that required conformance to WCAG.  If the author is required to
> conform to WCAG by a customer or government agency, then that same agency
> would specify the baseline to be used.
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> 6.                             Baselines should be chosen to represent the
> technologies that are currently supported on a widespread basis by the user
> agents and especially Assistive Technologies.
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> 7.                             Baselines will evolve over time as new
> technologies are supported by user agents and AT.  The Baselines will evolve
> in ways that maintain access and increase user and author options and
> flexibility over time.  They will also be backward compatible as a result so
> changing baselines would not require old content to be reworked. It would
> only provide new options for new content.
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