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Proposal: Simplified presentation of conformance model

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000 08:38:03 -0500
Message-ID: <3A4B423B.7134D35C@w3.org>
To: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org

Don't be scared off by the word "conformance" in the
subject of this message. I believe this proposal simplifies
the UAAG 1.0 conformance scheme. It does not stray far from
what we have already defined, and is, I believe, a clearer

The model works as follows:

1) By default, a user agent must satisfy all checkpoints
   in the document in order to conform.

2) It is possible to reduce the "scope of a claim" [new term]
   in three ways:

   a) Specifying a conformance level. A conformance level is
      a labeled subset of checkpoints.
   b) Specifying one or more content type labels (more labeled
   c) Specifying input modality labels (still more labeled
      subsets). [Note: Input modality labels still a work in

   (These are the three mechanisms we have chosen to
    increase the granularity of conformance claims.)

3) By default, all checkpoints *within the scope of a claim*
   apply. A checkpoint that is in scope does not apply 
   if any of three conditions are met. (Note: We may delete one
   based on some last call comments.)

Why distinguish a checkpoint that is out of scope 
from one that does not apply?

 - A checkpoint that is out of scope is simply not part of a 
 claim. The claim makes *no statement* about whether this 
 checkpoint is satisfied or not. It is possible, for example,
 that a user agent would satisfy some, but not all, checkpoints
 for the "video" content type label. The label "video" would not
 appear in the claim, but the user agent would still satisfy 
 some of the checkpoints.

 - A checkpoint that doesn't apply *is* part of a claim. The 
   claim states explicitly that the user agent *does not* 
   satisfy this checkpoint (for if it did, then the checkpoint 
   would clearly apply).

I think it's worthwhile making this distinction. I also think 
that doing so simplifies the presentation of the material and
the definition of applicable.

Continuing the model (essentially unchanged):

4) A well-formed claim must include information about both
   the scope of the claim, and for those checkpoints in scope,
   which ones are not considered to apply. (A well-formed claim
   must also include information about the version of UAAG
   and the date of the claim.)

5) A claim is valid if:
   a) Well-formed, and
   b) The subject of the claim as a whole satisfies all 
      the applicable checkpoints that are in the scope 
      of the claim.

That's the model. Because I do not consider this a substantial
change from the existing conformance model (only a clarification
and simplification), I intend to integrate this into the next draft 
for Working Group review. 

 - Ian
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