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RE: WCAG 2.0 Reflections

From: Web Usability Roger Hudson <rhudson@usability.com.au>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2006 10:21:29 +1000
To: "Wayne Dick" <wed@csulb.edu>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <GGEEINFOLDEIIBPBECEMEECKCHAA.rhudson@usability.com.au>

Hi Wayne

I am not a lawyer and I don't live in the US but I am curious.

If your university sets a baseline of technologies, the US Federal
Government sets another baseline and your State Government sets yet another.
If it got to a court case about a technology leading to someone being
discriminated against, when push comes to shove - which baseline would take

Thank you in advance,

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Sent: Wednesday, 17 May 2006 3:25 PM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: WCAG 2.0 Reflections


The more carefully I read WCAG 2.0 the
more impressed I am with its scope and
vision.  I started teaching POUR two
years ago even though 2.0 was just in
draft.  But the entire standard will
really help me write University
Policy, the way I have misspent much
of my adult life at Cal State
University, Long Beach.

Although baselines have a potential
for abuse, they offer enormous
opportunity to policy makers.  If a
technolgy drags its feet on
accessibility, then it may not be in
the baseline, and we can set accurate
conditions for their admission into
our baseline.  This will be pretty
significant if the baseline covers all
450,000 students, facult and staff at
a university system like mine.

Our system has already come down with
a strict interpretation accessibility
policy, the new standard will allow us
to specify requirements for W3C and
non-W3C technologies.

I can hardly wait for adoption.

This will finally give us the leverage
we need to write policy with teeth.  I
really apreciate it.

Thank You,


Wayne Dick PhD
Chair Computer Engineering and
Computer Science
Director WebAdapt2Me Project at CSULB
Received on Thursday, 18 May 2006 00:21:44 UTC

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