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Your comments on WCAG 2.0 Public Working Draft of May, 2007

From: Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2007 21:17:33 -0700
Message-ID: <824e742c0711032117p16c8ad60kb7fc2dca51de4d2@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Clive Walker" <clive.walker@cvwdesign.co.uk>
Cc: public-comments-WCAG20@w3.org

Dear Clive Walker,

Thank you for your comments on the 17 May 2007 Public Working Draft of
the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0
http://www.w3.org/TR/2007/WD-WCAG20-20070517/). The WCAG Working Group
has reviewed all comments received on the May draft, and will be
publishing an updated Public Working Draft shortly. Before we do that,
we would like to know whether we have understood your comments
correctly, and also whether you are satisfied with our resolutions.

Please review our resolutions for the following comments, and reply to
us by 19 November 2007 at public-comments-wcag20@w3.org to say whether
you are satisfied. Note that this list is publicly archived. Note also
that we are not asking for new issues, nor for an updated review of
the entire document at this time.

Please see below for the text of comments that you submitted and our
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 WCAG 2.0 Editor's
Draft of May-October 2007 at

Thank you for your time reviewing and sending comments. Though we
cannot always do exactly what each commenter requests, all of the
comments are valuable to the development of WCAG 2.0.


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: Make the quick reference document shorter
Source: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-comments-wcag20/2007May/0169.html
(Issue ID: 1954)
Original Comment:

Document: QR
Item Number: (none selected)
Part of Item:
Comment Type: general comment
Comment (Including rationale for any proposed change):
This is a general comment on the quick reference document. The WCAG2
guidelines appear to be complex and the quick reference document
follows in the same vein. I would like to see a much shorter document
- together with a document that explains the key changes from WCAG1.
So far, it has been difficult for me to ascertain what the changes
are, and what additional work will be involved for me, without
spending a significant amount of time on this. Sorry if I have missed
this information somewhere, but I feel that a much clearer and
abbreviated short form of the document is essential if you want
companies (small companies in particular) to follow the guidelines.

On a related point, many websites do not pay any attention to WCAG
despite much higher legal requirements. Unless, the documents are
short and concise with clear explanations, I don\'t see how this
situation will change with WCAG2.

Proposed Change:

Make the quick reference document shorter. Provide a bulletted list of
the key changes from previous guidelines.

Response from Working Group:

This is an excellent idea and we fully expect abbreviated guides,
various training programs etc. to emerge to help educate people about
WCAG 2.0. However, it is currently beyond the scope of the working
group to develop some of these resources.  The quick reference is
currently as short as it can be because we cannot have different
wording of the Quick Reference document when they reference
Guidelines, Success Criteria in the Guidelines.

Note that the quick reference is customizable and can be shortened to
include only the aspects of the guidelines or the technology specific
techniques that authors are interested in.

There will be a document explaining the transition from WCAG 1 to WCAG
2 [http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag20#differs] .

We hope this helps. Once the Guidelines are completed, we will be
turning our attention to techniques and will be collaborating with
Education and Outreach to develop additional instructional materials.
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