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Comment LC-1027

From: Gian Sampson-Wild <gian@tkh.com.au>
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2007 23:26:03 +1000
To: "'Loretta Guarino Reid'" <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Cc: <public-comments-WCAG20@w3.org>
Message-ID: <003101c7b663$39c04d30$b300a8c0@tkhcomputer>

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Comment 8:

Source: http://www.w3.org/mid/000901c69538$2e394450$f4c9b23a@tkhcomputer
(Issue ID: LC-1027)

Definition of accessibility - In the Baseline document (under the heading
'If the WCAG does not set the baseline, then how can we be sure that a site
will be accessible?) it says "No site or content is ever completely
accessible". In the Conformance document it says "Note that even conformance
to all three levels will not make web content accessible to all people." I
strongly object to these statements. All content can be made accessible. In
some cases, content may not be accessible, but if the problems were
identified it could be made accessible. As the main body representing
accessibility I think it reprehensible that we have these statements.

Proposed Change:

Remove the statements. Merge Level 1 and Level 2 SC into one group called
'Mandatory'. Rename Level 3 to 'Advisory' or 'Optional'

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Response from Working Group:
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The statements you refer to are meant to reflect the reality that not all
Web content can be made accessible to all people. One of the lessons learned
with WCAG 1.0 was that, for some individuals, even content that meets WCAG
1.0 AAA did not overcome the accessibility barriers faced by those with
certain combinations of disabilities or with certain types of severe
disabilities.

Regarding the proposal to combine levels A and AA as mandatory and rename
level AAA to advisory or optional, the working group has received a great
deal of feedback on both sides of this issue. We have chosen three levels
because we feel it provides the best options for the different users of the
guidelines.
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Response from GSW:
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I still stand by my original comment.
Received on Sunday, 24 June 2007 13:26:21 UTC

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