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Re: 1.3.1 Info & Relationships - are ARIA landmarks required?

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:59:48 -0500
Message-ID: <5356A004.6010606@w3.org>
To: Glenda Sims <glenda.sims@deque.com>
CC: public-comments-wcag20@w3.org, wai@w3.org
Hi Glenda,

The information to support it is at <http://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/understanding-techniques.html>, which includes:
* The basis for determining conformance to WCAG 2.0 is the success criteria from the WCAG 2.0 standard—not the techniques.
* Techniques are informative—that means they are not required.
* There may be other ways to meet success criteria besides the sufficient techniques in W3C's Techniques for WCAG 2.0 document.
* Web content does not have to use W3C's published techniques in order to conform to WCAG 2.0.

Best,
~Shawn

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Shawn Lawton Henry
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
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On 4/22/2014 11:35 AM, Glenda Sims wrote:
> Dear WAI,
>
> I need clarification on *2.3.1 Info & Relationships*.  Can you tell me if my interpretation is correct:
>
>     I think it is possible to pass WCAG 2.0 SC 1.3.1 without using ARIA landmarks.  As much as I love ARIA landmarks...I do not think they are required in WCAG 2.0.
>
>     I always recommend them, but I don't currently have my team call a WCAG 2.0  violation on SC 1.3.1 if ARIA landmarks are missing.
>
>
> Thanks in advance for your insight (as you might guess, the Deque Accessibility Experts are not in agreement in how to interpret this).
>
> Best,
> Glenda
>
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