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RE: The Problem with WCAG (was RE: CSS Techniques for WCAG 2.0)

From: Patrick Lauke <P.H.Lauke@salford.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 13:59:49 +0100
Message-ID: <3A1D23A330416E4FADC5B6C08CC252B90113BB7D@misnts16.mis.salford.ac.uk>
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> This is precisely the problem with WCAG, in any version. It is too
> ambiguous. If the guidelines were all clear, such as using ALT
> attributes, they would be more widely understood, accepted and
> practiced.

That can be done in the specific technique documents for HTML and CSS.
That level of detail should not creep into the main technology
agnostic WCAG document.

> It needs to get away from ludicrous requirements that require 
> content to
> be comprehensible -- because that's not a measurable guideline.
> Therefore it should simply be left up to the developer or 
> designer. Why
> does WCAG bother mentioning something like that at all? 

Because otherwise what you have is a document detailing purely
"technical accessibility", which can be quite far away from the
goal of real accessibility.

Patrick H. Lauke
Webmaster / University of Salford
Received on Thursday, 19 August 2004 13:01:26 UTC

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