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From: Hall, Charles (DET-MRM) <Charles.Hall@mrm-mccann.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2018 16:35:08 +0000
To: Silver Task Force <public-silver@w3.org>
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I just came across this:

“WCAG 2.1 summary for web writers” — Dey Alexander
https://4syllables.com.au/articles/wcag-summary-writers/


Which reminded me of this:

“Web Content Accessibility Guidelines—for People Who Haven’t Read Them” – Alan Dalton (2017)
https://24ways.org/2017/wcag-for-people-who-havent-read-them/


(Which was originally shared in Plain Language Resources<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LPMbnOGKS4B6LIQ3_vQ0NFKK7LYUgM3TO7nCc7OOacs/edit?usp=sharing>)

The interesting / compelling thing is that people keep doing what we have tasked ourselves to do – convey accessibility guidelines in plain and simple language. While I know this is obvious, the next compelling point is that these authors who have already done the work should be invited to contribute to prototypes that can be tested.

Coincidentally, Paul Boag just posted about simple language and that by considering cognitive ability, you arrive at copy that works for the average short attention span as well.

“How to Write for an Online Audience That Hates to Read” – Paul Boag
https://boagworld.com/content-strategy/hates-to-read/



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