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Re: 10.1 priority of double-A documentation

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 01:04:23 -0500
Message-ID: <3A10D5E7.34C514FC@w3.org>
To: Phill Jenkins/Austin/IBM <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>
CC: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org, Richard Schwerdtfeger/Austin/IBM <schwer@us.ibm.com>, Catherine Laws/Austin/IBM <claws@us.ibm.com>
Phill Jenkins/Austin/IBM wrote:
> Checkpoint 10.1 Ensure that at least one version of the product
> documentation conforms to at least Level Double-A of the Web Content
> Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 P1.
> The priority of this checkpoint is confusing.
> How can it be a priority 1 to provide both priority one and priority two
> level documentation?  Perhaps it would be clearer as a priority 1 to
> provide priority one level documentation, priority 2 to provide double-A
> level documentation, and priority 3 to provide triple-a compliant
> documentation.
> The nature of User Agents do not necessarily increase the need for higher
> levels of accessible documentation than specified in WCAG.

The WG explicitly chose level double-A for this checkpoint (rather
than single-A and rather than a relative priority) because it was
considered very important that the user be able to overcome all
difficult and impossible barriers to using the UA's documentation.

WCAG doesn't specify what level of conformance is best for what
situations. The UA Working Group decided that Double-A was a
P1 requirement for conformance user agent documentation
We recognize that this is "skewed" in the sense that the mapping
is not single-to-single, double-to-double, etc. This was a conscious
decision of the WG.

 _ Ian

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