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Review and discussion of permissions and permissions policy

From: Becky Gibson <gibson.becky@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2021 18:27:44 -0400
Message-Id: <8E172948-2D38-4121-B819-2F2DE87B7179@gmail.com>
To: W3C WAI Accessible Platform Architectures <public-apa@w3.org>
I reviewed the Permissions (https://www.w3.org/TR/permissions/ <https://www.w3.org/TR/permissions/>) and the Permissions Policy  (https://w3c.github.io/webappsec-permissions-policy/ <https://w3c.github.io/webappsec-permissions-policy/>) specifications. I don’t believe we have concers with Permissions as this specification provides an infrastructure for interacting with browser permissions and notification of changes to permissions. Regarding Permissions Policy, I believe we agreed that we would like to ask for clarification about the accessibility implications of author removal of particular features. I’ve drafted the following statement for review by the group. It could use some additional word-smithing.

The Accessible Platform Architetures (APA) working group has reviewed the latest working draft of the Permissions policy specification (https://w3c.github.io/webappsec-permissions-policy/ <https://w3c.github.io/webappsec-permissions-policy/>) and we have some concerns.  We are concerned that users may rely on some of the features (https://github.com/w3c/webappsec-permissions-policy/blob/main/features.md <https://github.com/w3c/webappsec-permissions-policy/blob/main/features.md>) controlled via these policies to obtain full access to a site. For example, access to an ambient-light-sensor to normalize brightness or contrast. Or reliance on various media capture features necessary for proper functioning of assistive technology or necessary adaptations. Have you taken that into consideration when drafting this specification? Can you provide guidance for implementors with respect to accessibility considerations or possible overrides for accommodation? 

Becky Gibson

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Co-Chair, Accessible Platform Architectures	http://www.w3.org/wai/apa

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