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WCAG-EM Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology Draft Published

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2012 08:39:18 -0500
Message-ID: <4F71C306.8030700@w3.org>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Dear WAI Interest Group Participants,

WAI invites you to comment on the First Public Working Draft of Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM) at:
         http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG-EM/

Overview:
WCAG-EM provides an approach for evaluating how websites -- including web applications and websites for mobile devices -- conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. It covers different situations, including self-assessment and third-party evaluation. It is independent of particular evaluation tools, web browsers, and assistive technologies.

Draft:
This early draft provides an initial outline for the evaluation methodology in order to gather feedback on the general direction and approach, in particular on its Scope of Applicability (Section 2.1). Some sections are empty in this draft and will be completed in future revisions, partly based on the feedback received on this draft.

Background:
WCAG-EM is developed by the WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force (Eval TF), a joint task force of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG) and Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG). The Eval TF is introduced at: http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/2011/eval/eval-tf
It is a supporting resource for WCAG 2.0 and does not replace or supersede it in any way. For an overview of WCAG, see http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag
This work is developed with support of the EC-funded WAI-ACT Project (IST 287725) described at: http://www.w3.org/WAI/ACT/
It is part of W3C WAI activities on web accessibility evaluation and testing introduced at: http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/2011/eval/

URI:
The first URI above goes to the latest version of the document. The "dated" version of this draft is: http://www.w3.org/TR/2012/WD-WCAG-EM-20120327/
The difference between these URIs are explained in Referencing and Linking to WAI Guidelines and Technical Documents at: http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/linking.html

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for your comments.

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Short URI to this message: http://bit.ly/wcag-em1

Regards,
~Shawn Lawton Henry, WAI Outreach
Eric Velleman, Eval TF Facilitator
Shadi Abou-Zahra, W3C/WAI Staff Contact





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Shawn Lawton Henry
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
e-mail: shawn@w3.org
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