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RE: For Discussion: "Essential Accessibility"

From: Bailey, Bruce <Bailey@Access-Board.gov>
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2011 11:14:25 -0400
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Cc: "508" <508@Access-Board.gov>
Thanks for posting this Gregg.  This is different than the
after-the-fact plain text filtering algorithms I am more immediately
worried about.

 

I am confident that we can all agree that this sort of approach is not
necessary for WCAG 2.0 conformance.  I am personally skeptical that this
approach is sufficient for conformance, so I am glad you raise the issue
for discussion!  I am not sure if there is an action item for the
working group either.

 

Here is the link for the product in question:

http://www.essentialaccessibility.com/

 

Here is a product that I think is similar, and for which similar claims
are made:

http://www.browsealoud.com/

 

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Thank you for your questions concerning section 508 of the
Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998.  Section 508 authorizes the
Access Board to provide technical assistance to individuals and Federal
departments and agencies concerning the requirements of this section.
This technical assistance is intended solely as informal guidance and is
not a determination of the legal rights or responsibilities of entities
subject to section 508.

 

 

From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of Gregg Vanderheiden
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2011 6:22 PM
To: GLWAI Guidelines WG org
Subject: For Discussion: "Essential Accessibility"

 

It has been said that many organizations think that if they link to
"Essential Accessibility" they have dealt with accessibility.

 It is Windows only. 

It was covered by the New York Post and is promoted by the some in
accessibility.
There is also a critique at: http://www.aoda.ca/?p=1098

 

I was asked to post this to the list to start up discussion

 

Gregg

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Co-Chair WCAG WG


Director Trace R&D Center
Professor Industrial & Systems Engineering
and Biomedical Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Co-Director, Raising the Floor - International
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