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Revise guidelines around changes in language

From: Jens O. Meiert <jens@meiert.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 22:25:08 +0545
Message-ID: <CAJ0g8QS4HFW6Mkd_dor=HEuB2OnhvWHDLQPhrajK6i50yz6XNA@mail.gmail.com>
To: "W3C Public Comments WCAG 2.0" <public-comments-wcag20@w3.org>
Following “HTML and Specifying Language” [1] and “Usefulness of
language annotations” [2] I propose to review guidelines that mandate
marking up changes in language for appropriateness (like H58 [3]).

The primary arguments for this proposal are that 1) determining
language is per definitionem not an accessibility problem, and that 2)
requiring authors to mark up all changes in language is a costly and
unrealistic requirement, and one that may be better and more
efficiently done by software at that.

My interest in pursuing a WCAG conversation has been killed; although
a bit scattered you find materials clarifying and elaborating the
proposal in [1] (also review the comments) and [2].

[1] http://meiert.com/en/blog/20140825/html-and-language/
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/2014JulSep/thread.html#msg136
[3] http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/H58.html

Jens O. Meiert
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