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RE: There is a structural fault with WCAG2. That editing won't resolve.

From: Robinson, Norman B - Washington, DC <Norman.B.Robinson@usps.gov>
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 15:29:08 -0500
Message-ID: <EAF95052690D174A833DC58B15AB6A8804A9061D@WADCHQSXM22.usa.dce.usps.gov>
To: "Bailey, Bruce" <Bruce.Bailey@ed.gov>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
I can't resist. Bruce's response was rated as needing a 12th grade
education to understand.
My 7th grade summary:

	1. You need (at least) a 12th grade education to understand
	2. W3C is working on making WCAG2 easier to understand.


	The MS Word function uses the Flesch-Kincaid formula that
"..rates text on a U.S. grade-school level. For example, a score of 8.0
means that an eighth grader can understand the document. For most
standard documents, aim for a score of approximately 7.0 to 8.0.

	The formula for the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score is: (.39 x
ASL) + (11.8 x ASW) - 15.59 where: ASL = average sentence length (the
number of words divided by the number of sentences)
	ASW = average number of syllables per word (the number of
syllables divided by the number of words)"

        The FYI above is rated at 10th grade level.

        However, the suggestion is to think in terms of simplicity =
easier to understand. Certainly you can judge it is sometimes difficult
to read the WCAG2 criteria. That is acceptable, when the issues are
somewhat technical, but highly undesirable. Perhaps the original
submitter can provide a suggestion to each one of the success criteria.
Examples are much easier to understand than asking for someone to make
it simple. I'd love to see someone try!



        Norman B. Robinson


	-----Original Message-----
	From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org
[mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Bailey, Bruce
	Sent: Monday, December 04, 2006 9:26 AM
	To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
	Subject: RE: There is a structural fault with WCAG2. That
editing won't resolve.
	> We need to write guidelines that can be read by 2nd grade

	It is not possible to write meaningful success criteria that can
be read by second grade students.

	The WAI authors have asserted repeatedly that WCAG 2.0 is being
written using the clearest and simplest language appropriate for the
content.  Much of the on-going editing efforts are focused on adding
clarity and removing ambiguity.
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