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RE: Straw man list for WCAG.NEXT, another proposal...

From: White, Jason J <jjwhite@ets.org>
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2016 14:54:14 +0000
To: Chaals McCathie Nevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru>, WCAG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, Jutta Treviranus <jutta.trevira@gmail.com>
CC: Jutta Treviranus <jutta.treviranus@utoronto.ca>, David MacDonald <david@can-adapt.com>, WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, Andrew Kirkpatrick <akirkpat@adobe.com>, John Foliot <john.foliot@deque.com>
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: Chaals McCathie Nevile [mailto:chaals@yandex-team.ru]
>A big +1 to this.

+1 to the centrality of authoring tools and to the importance of Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines.

There are provisions of WCAG 2.0 for which authoring tools may not be able to provide direct support. Even then, however, documentation and educational materials have a major role in educating and informing developers. With better support from authoring tools and greater integration into materials that authors are likely to consult, there should be less of a need for most authors to apply WCAG directly, except in special cases.

I don't think regulators can set requirements on authoring tools while not normatively citing WCAG. What regulators need is a standard applicable to the content produced, not just the tools used to create it. That an ATAG-conformant authoring tool was used is far from sufficient to ensure that the resulting content meets accessibility requirements - the author might have disregarded some of the prompts and the warnings, for example. What regulators need is a content accessibility specification that they can cite and which is stable over time.

The Proposed Rule issued by the U.S. Access Board last year in relation to section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act does both: it cites WCAG 2.0 but also places requirements on authoring tools, and I think this is a welcome move in the right direction.


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