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Action Item for everyone: Accessibility Support

From: Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2008 19:33:22 -0700
Message-ID: <824e742c0809041933v10829c3ejc6fac40ff7baf929@mail.gmail.com>
To: WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

At today's teleconference, we talked about the Accessibility Support
Database tool <http://trace.wisc.edu/wcag_wiki/index.php?title=Accessibility_Support_Database>
as a repository for accessibility support information, at least for
meeting our CR Exit Criterion. It is important that we decide how we
are going to demonstrate documenting accessibility support.

Ben and Gregg have taken a crack at how to organize the information
and how to write up test cases. We'd like you to try it out this week
so we each have some experience. There are only about 10 test cases in
the database right now. If you have any access to assistive
technology, on any platform and with any browser, we would like you to
use the tool to try the current test cases and record your results.
Assuming you have such an environment, we don't think it will take

We won't normally expect this many independent tests of specific uses.
This exercise it to get all of us thinking about the issues so that we
can develop a proposal we can all support.

To summarize an issue that emerged from today's discussion, our exit
criterion is not to demonstrate whether particular technologies are
accessibility supported. Accessibility support is a complex question
depending on which features of a technology are used and what
environments are supported. Rather, we need to demonstrate what it
means to document accessibility support for a technology on a
platform, and show that this works across multiple platforms and

Thanks, Loretta
Received on Friday, 5 September 2008 02:34:11 UTC

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