Fwd: Guidance for TF-submitted Success Criteria

for discussion on July 21 meeting

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From: Andrew Kirkpatrick <akirkpat@adobe.com>
Date: Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 9:20 AM
Subject: Guidance for TF-submitted Success Criteria
To: WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

Yesterday on the call we discussed what guidance we can provide to the TFs
as they work to draft Success Criteria for the WG to review.

There were two main points of the discussion:

   1. SC Numbering scheme
   2. Where current SC text can be modified

There was a lot of great work by John Foliot and others done collecting
information about numbering scheme options for a WCAG 2.1 (
https://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/wiki/WCAG_2.1_SC_Numbering).  The general
thinking collected by John and on the call seems to be that Model 2 seems
to be the best option.

Model 2 would result in new SC being added at the end of a set of numbers
within each Guideline (e.g. 1.3.4 and 1.4.10 and 4.1.3 would be examples of
new possible SC numbers).  The downside is that the order of WCAG 2.0 has
the level A SC first in a guideline number sequence, followed by AA,
followed by AAA, and this will be disrupted in places as a possible 1.4.10
might be A or AA but would follow 1.4.9 which is AAA.  This would require
that we work to make this clear to people reading the future version, but
seems to be a better solution than the other models.  Note that the order
may also be changed by existing SC changing in priority level.

There is a question about whether we may want to also consider adding a
letter after a new SC if that SC is very close to an existing one in
concept.  For example, if we were to decide to change SC 1.4.3 [Contrast
(Minimum)] to require that text in a logo needs to meet the 4.5:1 ratio
(this is a fabricated example, please don’t comment on the merits of the
example), we might consider either:

1.4.10 Logo Text Contrast: Text that is part of a logo or brand name has a
contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1.
1.4.3A Logo Text Contrast: Text that is part of a logo or brand name has a
contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1. (possibly with Note: This SC expands
on/modifies SC 1.4.3)

In both cases, a site might meet 1.4.3 and fail the new SC (and therefore
not meet WCAG 2.1), but the new SC modifies the current SC.

The WG is interested in which model works best for people – is there a
benefit in understanding the new SC if it is adjacent?

Regarding guidance to the Task Forces, the WG decided to ask the Task
Forces to write the SC in a way that doesn’t change the existing SC inline,
but adds an entirely new SC for a topic.  This may mean that a change that
could be done in just a few words in an existing SC might require
additional text, but the group felt that we need to provide this clear
direction to the TFs and that once the SC are in for review the WG may
revisit the issue of whether the goals of clarity and brevity are better
attained by modifying the original SC and if the benefit of doing so
outweighs the potential confusion caused by the modification of the
familiar current SC.

Please chime in if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.


Andrew Kirkpatrick
Group Product Manager, Standards and Accessibility


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Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
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