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From: Simon Harper <simon.harper@manchester.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 10:01:58 +0100
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To: WAI-UA list <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>

Hi again,

I was reading the minutes of last weeks meeting and was interested in  
the discussion surrounding the rationale, so I've 3 points which I  
would have said if I'd managed to make the Telecon.

Firstly, I wanted to say that the rationales, to me at least, are  
neutral. They are purely a statement of the reasoning behind some of  
these guidelines, to me they don't seem negative, pejorative or  
otherwise. I also think that the 'positive' suggestions listed are  
really 'benefits' not rationale.

Secondly, it's my opinion that the rationale and benefits of  
implementing the guidelines are indivisible from the guidelines  
themselves and that they should be written as part of each guideline.  
Their length seems immaterial to me as long as they convey exactly  
what we want them to convey in the least amount of words possible  
(but no less); after all it seems to me that our audience is  
technically adept developers who will require justification for  
making possibly costly changes to UAs.

Finally, I also wanted to remark with regard to my comments on the  
last few points of 4.1.x that it may very easily be because I'm a  
newbie to the group that I got hung-up on these guidelines, without  
the benefit of understanding the previous discussions - but I would  
also say that our target audience are likely to read these guidelines  
only once or twice and will probably not be 'actively engaged' when  
they are doing it. If this really is the case then if I'm getting it  
wrong - wont these other readers?


Simon Harper
University of Manchester (UK)

Human Centred Web Lab: http://hcw.cs.manchester.ac.uk
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