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Re: [heads-up] updated Editor Draft of WCAG-EM being finalized

From: Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 14:51:28 -0700
Message-ID: <CAHu5OWZrkog0Y=oV61MvmX_jiTb0qJrjd==Gv=VQNvzJg2j85w@mail.gmail.com>
To: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>, Eric Velleman <E.Velleman@bartimeus.nl>
Cc: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Shadi and Eric,

The WCAG WG feedback on the current draft can be found at :


Here are some of the major concerns that emerged from our discussion:

* This note reads very prescriptively for an informative document. If it is
meant to be normative, the task force should recharter to produce a
normative document. Otherwise, the "requirement" and  "conformance"
language should be softened.

*  Need to clarify the scope of this effort, because of WCAG concern that
this not be interpreted as the only acceptable methodology for evaluating
WCAG conformance.

* There were many concerns about language restricting this methodology to
entire web sites. This goes beyond WCAG. If this is being presented as the
endorsed methodology for evaluating WCAG conformance, it should not impose
requirements beyond WCAG. This happens in a number of places in this draft.

* There are normative references to other content on the ER web site. While
we think this other information makes good background reading, if the
requirements of the methodology specifically relies on it, then it needs to
be in this document. (Example: Section 2.3: " Specific guidance is provided
in Selecting Web Accessibility Evaluation

* The concept of "key" or "primary" functionality could be misused. Perhaps
you meant "commonly used"?

* Some presentational issues: disposition of editor's notes; insufficient
descriptions for diagrams; lists difficult to read.

Let us know if you have any questions about the comments.

Loretta and Gregg

On Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 7:44 AM, Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org> wrote:

> Dear WCAG WG,
> Eval TF is currently finalizing edits on an updated Editor Draft of
> Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology 1.0. Please feel
> free to pre-review it and give us any feedback you may have.
> We expect to bring this document to WCAG WG for publication approval
> within the coming weeks so your feedback at this stage is helpful.
> Please find the Editor Draft including a summary of changes made in
> Appendix D of the document:
>  - <http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/**conformance/ED-methodology-**20120730<http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/conformance/ED-methodology-20120730>
> >
> Regards,
>   Shadi
> --
> Shadi Abou-Zahra - http://www.w3.org/People/**shadi/<http://www.w3.org/People/shadi/>
> Activity Lead, W3C/WAI International Program Office
> Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG)
> Research and Development Working Group (RDWG)
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