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RE: Advice on AA conformation

From: Roger Hudson <rhudson@usability.com.au>
Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2009 05:56:02 +1100
To: "'Andy Laws'" <adlaws@gmail.com>, "'WAI Interest Group list'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <E1N6Tzd-0007JG-Br@bart.w3.org>
Hi Andrew


Leaving aside the question of legality; was the application audited with
reference to WCAG 1.0 or WCAG 2.0? 


As I am sure you know, parts of WCAG 1.0 are highly subjective. With WCAG
2.0 however, it seems to me that using the normative Success Criteria and
informative Techniques you are much more likely to produce repeatable
results. Of course, there is always like to be some subjective element, for
example is the content of this text alternative really an equivalent
alternative or are they just some words that fill the space but aren't
really an equivalent. 


My suggestion would be to use WCAG 2.0 and ask the auditors to provide a
Compliance Statement, which outlines the technologies used and relied upon
and those that are used and not replied upon, as suggested in the WCAG 2.0
documentation. However, this still leaves open the question of which
technologies are you allowed to consider accessibility supported within your






From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf
Of Andy Laws
Sent: Saturday, 7 November 2009 3:44 AM
To: WAI Interest Group list
Subject: Advice on AA conformation


Dear All



We have come across a scenario lately, where 2 different accessibility
audits have produced different results, As a company we are legally obliged
to provide AA compliant web aplications, however this is very subjective,
how as a company do we protect ourselves legally ie if we have met all
checkpoint guide lines, is this sufficient 



Many Regards



Andrew Laws Bsc(Hons) MBCS, FBCS
e-mail: adlaws@gmail.com
Telephone:: +44 (0) 7828822987
Received on Friday, 6 November 2009 18:57:07 UTC

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