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Re: WAI/WCAG1AAA-Conformance

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2000 13:08:57 -0500
Message-ID: <38D7BAB9.CBE0EBCD@w3.org>
To: Roddy Erickson <rerickson@pobox.com>
CC: wai-wcag-editor@w3.org
Roddy Erickson wrote:
> Dear Editor,
> May I make a suggestion concerning the page-conformance descriptions,
> linked to by pages of A, AA, and AAA conformance?
> Readers of a conforming page will see the image link and wonder what it means.
> Yet, in the linked-to page, there is no brief layman's description of,
> e.g., "conformance level Triple-A of the W3C Web Content Accessibility
> Guidelines 1.0."
> You might, for example, have a paragraph along the lines of:
> "This standard is an attempt to ensure that Web pages are usable by those
> with disabilities, user-interface restrictions, or who are using unusual
> browsers. Level Triple-A is the most stringent form of the standard."
> One might call this an "informal summary" of the standard's purpose.
> Specification-speak is fine for those who are so inclined (I made my way
> through the spec for Algol68, after all), but it's neither inviting nor
> accessible to the casual reader.

This sounds like a good idea.
> In fact, I would respectfully assert that the conformance specification is
> (unavoidably) hard for those with limited knowledge of English to
> understand; hence, pages like  <http://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG1AAA-Conformance>
> are, themselves, not in compliance with Guideline 14.1, for they refer only
> to a complex document, offering no brief, easily-understood summary of what
> conformance means.

Thank you for your suggestions! I'm on the road at the moment,
but at the first opportunity will review the text in question.


 - Ian

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