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Summary & Minutes of Silver Conformance meeting 22 October 2019

From: Jeanne Spellman <jspellman@spellmanconsulting.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2019 20:47:34 -0400
To: Silver Task Force <public-silver@w3.org>
Message-ID: <d4bb6fe3-1d5e-e7aa-30ad-8426472fdde3@spellmanconsulting.com>
There was no scribe for the meeting.

== Summary ==

The question was raised why we have to have conformance at all. It isn't 
required by W3C anymore, but it does provide assistance to regulators 
who want to require minimums and accessibility advocates who want to 
ensure that a balance exists across different disability groups.

Some members liked a subtractive method. The reason that subtractive was 
rejected during the conformance prototyping phase was that it is 1)  
difficult to expand to meet changing requirements and 2) doesn't give a 
good on-ramp to beginners because it starts with perfect accessibility 
(which the Silver research showed was a concern to many stakeholders) 
and then subtracts points for every infraction.  Some solutions were 
proposed: Having a separate point system for beginners and providing 
some scoring for partial conformance of individual success criteria.

We discussed the VPAT conformance method and the advantages and 
disadvantages of VPAT. Chris Law of ITI is proposing a new VPAT model, 
but no one in the group has seen it yet.  One person proposed a dual 
track where organizations who wanted a checklist or to do the minimum 
could claim conformance using individual guidelines, and other 
organizations who have difficulty with the checklist method could score 
points through task completion testing that would demonstrate that 
people from the different functional need areas would be able to 
complete the tasks of the product or site.

== Minutes ==

there was no scribe for the meeting.  The minutes show who attended.

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