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Re: Issue 324: Proposal for revised checkpoint 6.2

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@uiuc.edu>
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2000 09:17:25 -0600
Message-Id: <4.3.1.2.20001228091447.02f89ef8@staff.uiuc.edu>
To: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>, w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Ian,
I like the new checkpoint.  How do you feel about making the requirement to 
conform to WCAG 1.0 at a P2 requirement.  I would use the same argument for 
P2 as the group used to make documentation conformance a P2 level.

Jon


At 01:50 PM 12/27/2000 -0500, Ian Jacobs wrote:
>Hello,
>
>Per my action from the 16 November face-to-face meeting [1],
>please consider this proposed change to checkpoint 6.2.
>
> >From the 23 October draft [2]:
>
>   6.2 Use and conform to W3C Recommendations when they are
>       available and appropriate for a task. [Priority 2]
>
>       Note: For instance, for markup, conform to HTML 4 [HTML4], XHTML
>       1.0 [XHTML10], or XML 1.0 [XML]. For style sheets, conform to
>       CSS ([CSS1], [CSS2]). For mathematics, conform to MathML
>       [MATHML]. For synchronized multimedia, implement SMIL 1.0
>       [SMIL]. For information about programmatic access to HTML and
>       XML content, refer to guideline 5. User agents may conform to
>       other specifications in addition to those required by this
>       checkpoint. For reasons of backward compatibility, user agents
>       should continue to implement deprecated features of
>       specifications. Information about deprecated language features
>       is generally part of the language's specification.
>
>The discussion points at the face-to-face meeting were
>the following:
>
>1) It's a P2 issue to implement W3C specifications, or if
>    you don't, implement formats that allow conformance to
>    WCAG 1.0 (at any level of conformance).
>
>2) It's a P2 issue to conform to a spec, not just
>    to implement it incompletely.
>
>3) It's important to support deprecated features, but
>    this will not a requirement of UAAG 1.0 (per our resolution).
>
>4) It's important to implement the latest version,
>    but developers should consider supporting the version that
>    has the latest accessibility features. [This is for Techniques]
>
>5) One reviewer requested a clearer statement of
>    what "available" means.
>
>Putting these together:
>
><NEW>
>   6.2 Use and conform to either (1) W3C Recommendations when they are
>       available and appropriate for a task, or (2) non-W3C
>       specifications that enable the creation of content that
>       conforms to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
>       [WCAG10] at any conformance level. [Priority 2]
>
>       Note: For instance, for markup, conform to HTML 4 [HTML4], XHTML
>       1.0 [XHTML10], or XML 1.0 [XML]. For style sheets, conform to
>       CSS ([CSS1], [CSS2]). For mathematics, conform to MathML
>       [MATHML]. For synchronized multimedia, implement SMIL 1.0
>       [SMIL]. A specification is considered "available" if it is
>       published (e.g., as a W3C Recommendation) in time for
>       integration into a user agent's development cycle.
></NEW>
>
>For the techniques (in addition to other points):
>
>1) For reasons of backward compatibility, user agents should continue
>to implement deprecated features of specifications. Information about
>deprecated language features is generally part of the language's
>specification.
>
>2) If more than one version or level of a specification is appropriate
>for a particular task, user agents are encouraged to conform to the
>latest version. However, developers should consider implementing the
>version that best supports accessibility, even if this is not the
>latest version.
>
>  - Ian
>
>[1] http://www.w3.org/WAI/UA/2000/11/minutes-20001116#issue-324
>[2] http://www.w3.org/TR/2000/WD-UAAG10-20001023/
>
>--
>Ian Jacobs (jacobs@w3.org)   http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs
>Tel:                         +1 831 457-2842
>Cell:                        +1 917 450-8783

Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
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