Re: EOWG's replies to WCAG WG resolutions of EOWG comments on May 2007 Draft of WCAG 2.0


(Note that this is a response to the thread opened on the November
2007 Public Working Draft, and does not respond to the related comment
on the December 2007 Last Call Draft).

"Accessibility supporting" would talk about what the technology does.
That is, it supports accessibility. "Accessibility supported" refers
to what has been done to (or is true of) a technology. That is, that
there is accessibility support FOR the technology.  We mean the latter
not the former.

So "accessibility supported"  would be the correct term and would be
hyphenated whenever used as an adjective.


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

On Jan 11, 2008 9:24 AM, Shawn Henry <> wrote:
> Dear WCAG WG,
> Thank you for considering our comments on previous drafts of WCAG 2.0. Below are replies to the comments you sent on 11 December 2007 (archived at They are grouped in two sections: Need additional followup, EOWG accepts resolution.
> Need additional followup:
> Comment 4: use accessibility-supported technologies
> EOWG comment:
> We are concerned that the following sentence is still difficult to parse: "Any information or functionality that is implemented in technologies that are not accessibility supported must also be available via technologies that are accessibility supported." Particularly, the phrasing of "accessibility supported technology" throughout is a difficult construct.
> We suggest that using the phrase "technologies with accessibility support" may facilitate comprehension here, and possible everywhere that the current phrase "accessibility supported technologies" is used. Such replacement here would yield:
> "Any information or functionality that is implemented in technologies without accessibility support must also be available via technologies with accessibility support."
> WCAG reply:
> Accessibility-supported is a descriptor that we use in many places and is defined in the glossary. It is a bit awkward to get used to at first but it is a critical concept and term for WCAG 2.0. Your rephrasing makes for an easier to read sentence but the concept is lost as a defined descriptor.
> EOWG reply, Jan 2008: OK, we agree with having it as a defined descriptor. However, do need to correct the grammar. Change "supported" to "supporting" and hyphenate so it's: accessibility-supporting technologies.

Received on Thursday, 7 February 2008 23:51:29 UTC