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Re: A Call to Reorganize WCAG 2.0

From: Jesper Tverskov <jesper.tverskov@mail.tele.dk>
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 12:13:27 +0200
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>    WCAG should be divided into Guidelines, which can
>    be measured and tested, and Suggested Best Practices, which
>    can only be tested by a person.

I fail to see that the above is important since most of accessibility
like usability can't be automatically "measured" but need to be manually
tested and evaluated.

What can be quantified in accessibility like in usability is so little
that the above distinction is probably irrelevant for how the guidelines
should be written.

The most important question at the moment is probably that since it is
sensible to have a set of basic generic guidelines for all relevant
existing and emerging technologies, like the proposal for WCAG-2, we
need to make that right, and to find a way to fill the gab between these
very generic guidelines and the very weak and insufficient
"technologies" only being suggestions.

A document in between, real "Guidelines - Best Practices", short and to
the point, more like WCAG-1, that can be used by all parties concerned
in our daily work and be the unifying main reference, the tool.

The proposal for WCAG-2 is too generic to be used by anybody working
with accessibility outside universities, and "techniques" are too vague
and too technical to be used by anybody but the experts in those

Best regards,
Jesper Tverskov

Received on Tuesday, 24 August 2004 10:13:24 UTC

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