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Why Conformance levels? [was: Re: Regrets and thoughts]

From: Jeanne Spellman <jspellman@spellmanconsulting.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2018 10:50:00 -0400
To: public-silver@w3.org
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It is definitely something to tread carefully with.  Unintended 
consequences are the bane of conformance.

The proposed Conformance levels for Silver are largely a response to the 
needs of the regulatory environment.  I remember this came up in the 
legacy and conformance interviews when we asked where the WCAG structure 
came from (Legacy), and then when asking about Conformance, I remember 
several people in the legal or regulatory sphere saying that they needed 
at least 3 levels: low, average, and high.  The regulators wanted to be 
able to require average that was set by a neutral authority.  The 
lawyers wanted to be able to say to a judge where the client 
accessibility was on a simple scale.

I think we should also be looking at a %age scale.  I have heard 
proposals about it in the past, but no one has submitted one, and I 
haven't had the time to write up ideas.  Some new ideas about 
Conformance would be welcome.

jeanne

> On Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 11:37 AM Hall, Charles (DET-MRM) 
> <Charles.Hall@mrm-mccann.com <mailto:Charles.Hall@mrm-mccann.com>> wrote:
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>     Food for thought on the Conformance prototypes and surveys:
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>     If the proposed model measures conformance by a point system,
>     percentage, or tier or any other method that implies the level of
>     accessibility is anything less than complete, it may result in
>     escalating the current fear-based culture – at least in the U.S.
>     Tread cautiously with any method of conformance claim that could
>     be challenged out of fear.
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