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Re: Proposed resolution for issue #1050

From: Lofton Henderson <lofton@rockynet.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2005 08:48:30 -0700
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To: Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux <dom@w3.org>, www-qa-wg@w3.org

At 04:13 PM 2/21/2005 +0100, Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux wrote:
>This is the proposed resolution for the issue #1050, titled "Modesty
>requirement" [1].
>----
>The Quality Assurance Working Group believes that such a good practice
>would be inappropriate for the following reasons:
>* some of the qualities mentioned in the issue (WAI AAA conformance,
>conformance to QA Specification Guidelines, and more generally the
>"conformance to other specifications" aspect) can be legitimately
>claimed as long as the relevant specifications define a conformance that
>can apply to specifications or documents - as this is the case for WCAG
>1.0 and the Specification Guidelines; a specification claims of
>conformance to other specifications can be deficient the same way a
>product can be deficient with regard to its conformance claim, and these
>deficiencies should be fixed either during the development process or
>through the errata process
>* for the other qualities mentioned where objective evaluation criteria
>are not available (simple, easy, device-independent), it is unclear that
>this defects affects that many - if any - specifications that it would
>deserve a good practice in the current version of Specification
>Guideline;
>---
>
>Comments/suggestions welcome.
>
>http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=1050

While I agree with Dom's analysis, I still have a bit of sympathy for the 
spirit of Ian's comment.  Unsubstantiated claims of goodness ("motherhood" 
claims) are annoying.

I don't have a specific suggestion, on short notice, but maybe something 
along the lines of "provide objective support for all claims".  In other 
words, if someone wants to say "easy, simple, device independent", they 
should go further and supply some proof, evidence, etc.

-Lofton.
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