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Re: [WebAIM] The future of WCAG - maximising its strengths not its weaknesses

From: Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Date: Wed, 9 Jan 2013 07:17:29 -0800
Message-ID: <CAHu5OWbH5m1y-6eVUSho=ahJBkhKAA_N_grNgQM_2H0HW3fB4w@mail.gmail.com>
To: joshue.oconnor@ncbi.ie, WebAIM Discussion List <webaim-forum@list.webaim.org>
Cc: jonathanhassell@yahoo.co.uk, accessys@smart.net, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
On Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 2:22 AM, Joshue O Connor <joshue.oconnor@ncbi.ie>wrote:

> Dr Jonathan Hassell wrote:
> > Thanks for this, Joshue.
> >
> > Good to see something's happening - I felt sure it must be.
> >
> > Is there a way that people outside the drafting committee can see the
> work you're doing?
> Unfortunately, right now no. This isn't for any conspiratorial reason I
> can assure you, its just that with any new techniques, to effectively
> provide guidance on using HTML5 and ARIA, they need to be pretty bullet
> proof before anything is released. If we did this prematurely, then
> something may get incorrectly codified as best practice or indeed be
> seen to have be given some kind of imprimatur from the W3C, when it's
> actually a work in progress. So this work is currently ongoing and has
> been for over a year, by members of both Protocols and Formats (PFWG)
> and the WCAG group itself.

Note that the WCAG group publishes a draft for public review before
incorporating changes or new techniques, so you will have an opportunity to
review and provide feedback  before the Understanding and Techniques
documents are updated.

> Within the HTML5/ARIA Techniques task force, where we are creating these
> techniques, and to be clear our job isn't to update the core WCAG SC or
> anything like that (so apologies for any confusion), we are developing a
> current point of reference and guidance to give devs a much needed steer
> in the right direction. To do this, we need to provide robust useful
> examples, and also attempt to indicate any user agent support issues for
> various element/attribute/states/properties etc. To call it a moveable
> feast, would be an understatement but as specifications become more
> stable, and user agent support improves, I see things ramping up.
> As Gregg pointed out, WCAG itself is stable and needs to be for obvious
> reasons but in terms of creating fresh techniques - we are making progress.
> Cheers
> Josh
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