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RE: discussion:Fw: What is the problem with accessible pop-up win dows?

From: Jukka Korpela <jukka.korpela@tieke.fi>
Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2002 14:13:20 +0200
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Jon Hanna wrote:

> I seem to recall that the EU were talking
> about priority 1 for a certain deadline to be followed by 
> priority 2 for a later one.

There is specific statement by the Parliament that makes priority 2 the
current goal:
"[The European Parliament,]
30.   Stresses the fact that for websites to be accessible it is essential
that they are double-A compliant, that priority 2 of the WAI guidelines must
be fully implemented;"

> This seems a reasonable practical response to the 
> reality of there being a large number of inaccessible
> pages and practices in use.

I don't think it's necessarily a good strategy. To take my favorite example,
achieving priority 1 conformance (in reality, as opposite to what checkers
might say at least when misinterpreted), you would need to check each and
every word of each and every document and use language markup (lang and/or
xml:lang attributes, introducing new markup elements when needed) whenever
there are phrases or words (e.g., names) in a language other than the main
language of the document. This is a time-consuming thing, even if good
editing tools are available. And it's something to be aimed at, but hardly
as more urgent than any priority 2 or 3 checkpoints. 

It would probably be better if there were no "priorities", no A/AA/AAA
classification, no "levels", just a set of rules. It would be useful to
characterize the rules according to their current practical impact _and_
implementation difficulty, but this should be a changing document which is
not part of the guidelines document, and it could be locally modified for
particular environments.

Jukka Korpela, senior adviser 
TIEKE Finnish Information Society Development Centre
Diffuse Business Guide to Web Accessibility and Design for All:
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