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RE: 1.4.1 clarification

From: Gavin Thomas <Gavin.Thomas@uwe.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2011 14:44:23 +0100
To: Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis <bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com>
CC: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <A169BAD2C2DC6D418270CDC03DF5CDF43996B23DB6@EGEN-MBX02.campus.ads.uwe.ac.uk>
>Sufficient techniques are advisory only; they do not impact WCAG conformance.

" Under each guideline, there are Success Criteria that describe specifically what must be achieved in order to conform to this standard. They are similar to the "checkpoints" in WCAG 1.0. Each Success Criterion is written as a statement that will be either true or false when specific Web content is tested against it. The Success Criteria are written to be technology neutral.

All WCAG 2.0 Success Criteria are written as testable criteria for objectively determining if content satisfies the Success Criteria. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis [mailto:bhawkeslewis@googlemail.com] 
Sent: 05 September 2011 13:32
To: Gavin Thomas
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: 1.4.1 clarification

On Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 11:55 AM, Gavin Thomas <Gavin.Thomas@uwe.ac.uk> wrote:
> I'm having problems assessing against success criteria 1.4.1 Use of 
> color

"Color is not used as the only visual means of conveying information, indicating an action, prompting a response, or distinguishing a visual element. (Level A)"


> Would fail a link which has a visual cue on focus?
> Am I missing something?

Sufficient techniques are advisory only; they do not impact WCAG conformance.

The language "visual cue" is fairly ambiguous.

Is which link has keyboard focus clear in the absence of color information?

For example, by default user agents tend to outline focused links with a box. That's a visual cue that independent of color, whereas (say) changing the color of focused link text is not.

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis

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