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View of WCAG [was Re: Perspectives on usability and accessibility

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2010 09:33:10 -0600
Message-ID: <4CED3036.50306@w3.org>
To: Jim Tobias <tobias@inclusive.com>
CC: wai-eo-editors <wai-eo-editors@w3.org>
On 11/23/2010 8:34 AM, Jim Tobias wrote:
> One final idea -- wouldn't it be great to have a view of WCAG 2.0 that
> indicated which guidelines have lots of general usability value, which
> don't, and which sometimes work at cross-purposes (and what to do about
> that)?  Maybe you already have things like that spread around, but putting
> it all in one place might make it an excellent 'sales tool' for the U/A
> crossover value idea.  It might also help to identify those issues that
> really are just about accessibility, and assign them to dedicated
> accessibility resources.  I know of several firms that have turf warfare
> over some of this.


I added to our "Proposed New Functionality (realistic and wish list)" for the WCAG 2 Quick Reference/Checklist that "Users can select to have highlighted all the success criteria and techniques that particularly relate to... general usability" under http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/changelogs/cl-wcag2-checklist.html#domore

We'll keep the other ideas in mind, too (although I dont see that we can fit all of this in our priorities at this time.)

fyi, We list some of those at the guidelines level in the draft "Web Accessibility is Smart Business" presentation (available from http://www.w3.org/WAI/presentations/bcase/):
Accessibility increases usability. Letís look at some accessibility guidelines from the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0:
- Make text readable and understandable.
- Make content appear and operate in predictable ways.
- Help users avoid and correct mistakes.
- Give users enough time to read and use content.
- Help users navigate and find content.
- Make all functionality keyboard accessible.
All of these makes website work better specifically for people with disabilities. And they also improve usability for all users, including those without disabilities.

All the best,

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