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Comment LC-1032

From: Gian Sampson-Wild <gian@tkh.com.au>
Date: Sun, 24 Jun 2007 23:38:42 +1000
To: "'Loretta Guarino Reid'" <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Cc: <public-comments-WCAG20@w3.org>
Message-ID: <003701c7b664$fd0470e0$b300a8c0@tkhcomputer>

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Comment 13:

Source: http://www.w3.org/mid/000901c69538$2e394450$f4c9b23a@tkhcomputer
(Issue ID: LC-1032)

Baseline - All the reasons why the WG left the definition of baseline up to
the developers (or governing bodies) could also be used as reasons why the
WG have developed an updatable document on technologies with enough
accessibility features to be in baseline. The fact that there are no user
agents that comply with UAAG is an obvious indication that there are no
technologies (yet) that are as accessible as HTML and CSS. I believe it is
reckless to leave this decision up to developers or managers whose focus is
on the bottom line, not on providing accessible web sites.

Proposed Change:

Develop a document, for use with WCAG2, that list suitable technologies for
baseline. This document can be updated by the WG or the W3C every year.

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Response from Working Group:
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Note that HTML and CSS are also technologies for which there are not yet
fully UAAG-compliant user agents, so this doesn't seem like an argument that
they are more accessible.

However, they are supported by a wider set of user agents and assistive
technologies, which is why we would expect them to be considered
accessibility-supported content technologies in more contexts than other
technologies.

WAI will provide some examples of analyzing the user agent and assistive
technology support for several Web technologies, to evaluate whether they
satisfy these requirements. However, WAI is not in a position to evaluate
what user agents and assistive technologies are available in different
environments. We would encourage experts in those technologies in different
locales to develop reference information for Web site authors.
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Response from GSW:
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Thank you for addressing my comment. (by the inclusion of
accessibility-supported technologies which is not indicated in this
comment).
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