Your comments on WCAG 2.0 Last Call Draft of April 2006

Dear Alan Sparkes ,

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Comment 1:

(Issue ID: LC-664)

Part of Item:
Comment Type: GE
Comment (including rationale for proposed change):

I am greatly disturbed my the disparaging comments i have read
A quick scan of the document or quotes from it certainly adds evidence
to the idea that there is really a corporate law suit protection
agenda going on. In the UK we have a campaign body called plain
english who award government and organisations for their clear use of
language. My quick scan shows a woefully unclear use of language
compared to version 1.0.

Please listen up to the more considered opinions you will be hearing /
have heard.

Proposed Change:

revert to 1.0!

Response from Working Group:

We have reworked the entire document to make it shorter and easier to
read. This includes:
- Shortening the introduction
- Moving much of the discussion out of the guidelines and puttin it in
the Understanding WCAG 2.0 document
- Shortening the conformance section and moving it after the guidelines
- Writing simpler guidelines
- Removing as many technical terms (jargon) as possible, replacing
them with simpler language or their definitions
- Removing the nesting of definitions where we could (i.e. definitions
that pointed to other definitions)
- Moving information about mapping between WCAG 1 and WCAG 2 to a
separate support document (so it can be updated more easily)
- Creating a Quick Reference documents that has just the Guidelines,
success criteria and the techniques for meeting the success criteria.
- Trying to word things in manners that are more understandable to
different levels of Web expertise
- Adding short names/handles on each success criterion to make them
easier to find and compare etc.
- Simplifying the conformance section
- Using plainer language wherever possible (e.g.  use "Web page"
instead of "Web Unit")
- Eliminating several new or unfamiliar terms. (authored unit, etc.)
- Making the whole document much shorter.

Received on Thursday, 17 May 2007 23:26:08 UTC