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[Fwd: Review request - Developing Websites for Older People]

From: Michael Cooper <cooper@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 16:04:18 -0400
Message-ID: <4C3CC6C2.7030502@w3.org>
To: List WAI GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
This is a request for the WCAG group to review the draft "Developing
Websites for Older People: Applying the Web Content Accessibility
Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0". Below is explanation of the request with
associated URLs. The actual document under review is at:


I will put a free-form question on this week's survey for people to
submit their thoughts. You can also submit comments to the WCAG email
list. We will compile and send any comments the group wishes to send.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Review request - Developing Websites for Older People
Date: 	Tue, 29 Jun 2010 17:26:55 +0100
From: 	Andrew Arch <andrew@w3.org>
To: 	Michael Cooper <cooper@w3.org>, Jeanne Spellman <jeanne@w3.org>
CC: 	WAI-AGE <team-wai-age@w3.org>

Hello Michael and Jeanne,

Thanks for agreeing to seek reviews of this document ("Developing
Websites for Older People: Applying WCAG 2.0" [1]) for us. The document
includes rationale of how the WCAG 2.0 requirements benefit older people
with accessibility needs. We're seeking input from WCAG and UAAG working
groups on these explanations to be sure we've not left any gaps or made
any mis-representations.

This document, one of the WAI-AGE deliverables [2], is intended to 
encourage people developing websites for older users to adopt WAI 
guidelines, in particular WCAG 2.0. The need for this became obvious 
from the Literature Review [3] which clearly identified that the 
accessibility needs of older users could be met by WCAG 2.0 [4], but 
that this was not appreciated by most developers or researchers. The 
document is also intended to provide some guidance for people (eg 
researchers) who might be considering developing their own sets of 
guidelines (as many have done in the past) to reference WCAG 2.0 for the 
accessibility needs.

The draft document "Developing Websites for Older People: Applying WCAG
2.0", after some introduction, discusses WCAG 2.0 GLs and SC from the
perspective of older people's needs. It also highlights some specific
techniques that should be considered for optimising a site for older people.

We started out with cross-references to the Lit Review, but took them
out in favour of a more general reference to that document for people 
interested in pursuing our rationales in more depth. However, for review 
purposes, numeric references have been left in as it may assist review. 
(These numeric references will be removed before publication.)

Please provide feedback by 19th July, or let me know if you need more
time to review.

Thanks in anticipation, Andrew

[1] http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/Drafts/sites-older-users/
[2] http://www.w3.org/WAI/WAI-AGE/deliverables.html
[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/wai-age-literature/
[4] http://www.w3.org/WAI/WAI-AGE/comparative.html

Andrew Arch
Web Accessibility and Ageing Specialist


Michael Cooper
Web Accessibility Specialist
World Wide Web Consortium, Web Accessibility Initiative
E-mail cooper@w3.org <mailto:cooper@w3.org>
Information Page <http://www.w3.org/People/cooper/>
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