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WCAG 2.0 7/30 Draft

From: Arditi, Aries <aarditi@lighthouse.org>
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 13:43:53 -0400
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To the working group that authored this draft:

In general, this draft is vastly improved from that of last year.  Nice w=


The goal of specifying visual contrast in a way that is measurable in a m=
eaningful way is not achievable without making some assumptions about the=
 display hardware used by the end-user. What MIGHT be possible, is to mak=
e some conservative assumptions about the display hardware's capabilities=
, in terms of maximum luminance, gamma, and color gamut, and then create =
an algorithm that computes contrast and estimates perceivability (or bett=
er, readability) and have minimum values for these.=20

I'm still not comfortable with the usage of the word "normative" to mean =
"required for conformance." It's jargon, and doesn't add value to the doc=
ument. I had to look it up in the glossary, as I suspect many readers of =
the WCAG will.  What's wrong with "required"?  Then everything that's not=
 required will be assumed to be informative. Or is it non-normative?  Or =
are non-normative and informative synonymous? See? I still don't get it!

In the "Who benefits from Guideline 1.4," strike the word "easily" from t=
he sentence about users with low vision. Some readers with low vision don=
't read anything easily.

Guideline 2.3 about photosensitive epilepsy is greatly improved from last=
 year's draft in that it is more specific.  I would like to see more of t=
he rationale underlying the specific requirements, however, both in lumin=
ance, and spatial patterns, or at least some references that support thes=
e decisions. I hope there is some research that can be cited to support t=
hese specific values....

Thank you for inviting me to comment on this draft.

Aries Arditi, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow in Vision Science
Arlene R. Gordon Research Institute
Lighthouse International
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