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Questions about WCAG 6.3

From: Joel Sanda <joelsanda@yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2000 13:44:02 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <20000324214402.12713.qmail@web2202.mail.yahoo.com>
To: W3C/WAI <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

I've got some questions (well, alright, problems:)
with WCAG 6.3. Wondering if anyone can shed some light
on that requirement for me.

1. Since no browser supports all WCAG requirements,
it's impossible to build a site that is 100% compliant
with all WCAG levels AND functions in all browsers.

2. Since the best support for the WCAG lies in
Internet Explorer 4.x, it seems logical most people
looking for an accessible site will hit it in IE4.x.
This is born out by my research of screen readers.
JAWs is the most popular, and that runs with IE4.x or
higher. HomePage Reader requires a 4.x version of

3. Give 1. and 2., I argue that the scripting
requirement 6.3 is far too restrictive.

In my environment, we rely on JavaScript to ensure
forms are filled out correctly and the database
doesn't get cluttered with incorrect information. In
fact, anyone using a database and a form will probably
use JavaScript to ensure forms are filled out
correctly. Imagine the chaos with eCommerce if a site
couldn't ensure it's users entered data correctly.
This site would be accessible, but one mistake and the
user is out of their money, the product, and the
vendor and shopper have to solve a problem that could
have been prevented with JavaScript.

That in and of itself is an aid to accessibility: it
gives people two chances to fill out forms - their
data entry pass and the verification pass. Usually,
the JavaScript error checking gives more detailed
information to the user if there is an error.

I know there's the component of "universal
accessibility", but IMHO #6.3 is just far too
restrictive for most companies to consider. 

Thoughts? Am I missing the boat on this one?


Joel Sanda

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