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When is the "until" Satisfied in Web Content Accessibility Guidelines

From: Kelly Ford <kford@teleport.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 08:18:19 -0800
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To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hi All,

I won't claim to have a complete knowledge of all the documents on the WAI
pages so perhaps what I'm asking about is covered someplace.  I was talking
with someone who's putting together a workshop for people on designing
accessible web pages and our conversation brought up a question which I
didn't know the answer to.

Many of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines talk about not doing
something until another something happens i.e don't do X until Y is
supported or works correctly.  Is there some sort of reference document
that a person can consult to know when the conditions of Y doing what it
should correctly have been met and now doing X is acceptable?

As an example under priority 3 guidelines, 10.4 says:

Until user agents handle empty controls correctly, include default,
place-holding characters in edit boxes and text areas. 

My understanding of the definitions of until" as indicated by various WAI
documents and my experience with various browsers and assistive
technologies lead me to the conclusion that in this case the "until"
conditions have been met.

1. Is there a general agreement that this is indeed the case?

2. Is there a reference document that people can use in general to
determine when these types of conditions have been met?

3. If such a document exists, what are the criteria for determining that a
condition has been satisfied and how can people give input into that process?

Received on Tuesday, 22 February 2000 11:17:21 UTC

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