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WCAG 2.0 Comment Submission

From: WCAG 2.0 Comment Form <nobody@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2006 15:11:07 +0000 (UTC)
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Name: Sailesh Panchang
Email: sailesh.panchang@deque.com
Affiliation: Deque Systems Inc
Document: W2
Item Number: Success Criterion 1.2.6
Part of Item: 
Comment Type: TE
Comment (Including rationale for any proposed change):
SC 1.2.2 and 1.2.3 do not distinguish between ‘standard’ and ‘extended’ audio descriptions. This is quite understandable. The distinction  is done in the glossary.

In one situation ‘standard’ ones may be adequate and in another ‘extended’ ones may be needed. This depends on the context and whether adequate pauses are available in multimedia to incorporate audio descriptions. In one case there may be no scope to add even 2 words without creating extended pauses; and in another one may be able to add 50 words without creating extended pauses. 


Therefore extended audio descriptions at level 3 (1.2.6) is an unnecessary requirement.  They do not ‘enhance’ accessibility but are required when pauses invideo need to be created to incorporate appropriate audio descriptions. 

It is understandable that audio descriptions are required to  provide minimum accessibility (level 1) or enhance accessibility at level 2 but at level 3 it is repetitive.

Proposed Change:
Drop 1.2.6 completely
Received on Thursday, 15 June 2006 15:11:18 UTC

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