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From: Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 16:39:51 -0700
Message-ID: <824e742c0705171639q626177d2ka564102e4d202147@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Lisa Seeman" <lisa@ubaccess.com>
Cc: public-comments-WCAG20@w3.org

Dear Lisa and colleagues,

Thank you for your comments on the 2006 Last Call Working Draft of the
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0
http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/WD-WCAG20-20060427/). We appreciate the
interest that you have taken in these guidelines.

We apologize for the delay in getting back to you. We received many
constructive comments, and sometimes addressing one issue would cause
us to revise wording covered by an earlier issue. We therefore waited
until all comments had been addressed before responding to commenters.

This message contains the comments you submitted and the resolutions
to your comments. Each comment includes a link to the archived copy of
your original comment on
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-comments-wcag20/, and may
also include links to the relevant changes in the updated WCAG 2.0
Public Working Draft at http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/WD-WCAG20-20070517/.

PLEASE REVIEW the decisions  for the following comments and reply to
us by 7 June at public-comments-WCAG20@w3.org to say whether you are
satisfied with the decision taken. Note that this list is publicly

We also welcome your comments on the rest of the updated WCAG 2.0
Public Working Draft by 29 June 2007. We have revised the guidelines
and the accompanying documents substantially. A detailed summary of
issues, revisions, and rationales for changes is at
http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/2007/05/change-summary.html . Please see
http://www.w3.org/WAI/ for more information about the current review.

Thank you,

Loretta Guarino Reid, WCAG WG Co-Chair
Gregg Vanderheiden, WCAG WG Co-Chair
Michael Cooper, WCAG WG Staff Contact

On behalf of the WCAG Working Group

Comment 1:

Source: http://www.w3.org/mid/10be01c69450$aa336fb0$6400a8c0@IBM4CD7E5EACA1
(Issue ID: LC-1036)


WCAG 2.0 claims to define and address the requirements for making Web
content accessible to those with learning difficulties, cognitive
limitations and others. We object to that claim.

Specifically, the success criteria requirements for making content
understandable largly ignore the needs of people with learning
difficulties and cognitive limitations.  Please note that there are
guidelines published by other groups that  will make content much more
accessible to these users. However, with the WCAG claim to address
learning difficulties and cognitive limitations, people will not know
that they need to look further.

We would like to see continued work in this field and a statement in
the WCAG 2.0 abstract and introduction modifying the claim that they
currently address accessibility for  learning disabilities.
Specifically, we recommend removing learning difficulties and
cognitive limitations  from the list of supported disabilities. A
sentence may be added later in the abstract that  "these guidelines
may also provide some benefits for  people with learning difficulties
and cognitive limitations".  We would then like to see a statement of
intent such as: "the working group intends to build additional success
criteria to address accessibility for learning disabilities and
cognitive limitations."

All the best,

Lisa Seeman, www.ubaccess.com
Jonathan Chetwynd,  Accessible Solutions
Andy Heath, Axelrod Research and Computing
Gez Lemon, www.juicystudio.com
Roberto Scano
Gian Sampson-Wild
Dr. Andy Judson
Yvette Hoitink
Marc Walraven
Fred Heddell MBE, Inclusion International
Mrs. Zoe Apostolopoulou e-ISOTIS
Andrew Arch Vision Australia
Sofia Celic  Vision Australia
Keith Smith, BILD (British Institute of Learning Disabilities)
Peter Rainger
Erlend Øverby
William Loughborough
Geert Freyhoff  Inclusion Europe
Better Days advocacy group
Mencap Accessibility Unit
The Rix Centre (for Innovation and  Learning disability)
Antonia Hyde, United Response
Diane Lightfoot, United Response
Jo Kidd, The Skillnet Group
Dan Edney The Skillnet Group
United Response (UR)
Liddy Nevile, La Trobe University
Andy Minnion, The Rix Centre
Simon Evans, The Rix Centre
Jim Byrne,   GAWDS
Mel Pedley
 Pamela E Berman
Caroline Lambie,  Mencap Web  Communications Manager.
 Andrew Holman,  Inspired Services
Robert Hubbert, Ubisan
John Nissen, Cloudworld Ltd
Paul Williams
Roger Hudson
Janine Ness
Zoe Porter, Valuing People
Sue Carmichael, Valuing People
Geoff Stead
David Sloan, Digital Media Access Group
Simon Cramp
Ann Fergusson
Dr. Robin Boast
Matthew Smith
Neel Shearer, CALL (Communication Aids for Language and Learning) Centre
Paul Brown, The Scottish Disability Team
Jim Ley
Sally Cooper
Katarina Mühlenbock,  Dart
Emmanuelle Gutiérrez y Restrepo, Sidar
Mats Lundälv  Dart
Sari Follansbee
Sarah Riley
Sally Paveley,  Advisory Unit

Response from Working Group:

We have added language to the Introduction, the Conformance section,
and the Quick Reference to highlight the fact that WCAG 2.0 only
addresses some of the needs of people with cognitive, learning, and
language disabilities, and to call out the need for more research in
this area. WAI is exploring ways in which to support and encourage
work in this important area.

See WCAG 2.0:

Quick Reference:

We have added some best practices for cognitive, learning, and
language disabilities as advisory techniques, and this draft contains
three new success criteria in this area.

New success criteria:

SC 2.4.9 Where content is organized into sections, the sections are
indicated with headings.

SC 3.3.4 Labels or instructions are provided when content requires user input

SC 3.3.6 For forms that require the user to submit information, at
least one of the following is true:

   1. Reversible: Transactions are reversible.
   2. Checked: Submitted data is checked for input errors before going
on to the next step in the process.
   3. Confirmed: A mechanism is available for reviewing, confirming,
and correcting information before finalizing the transaction.

Advisory techniques:
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