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RE: Glossary terms related to conformance

From: Michael Pluke <Mike.Pluke@castle-consult.com>
Date: Wed, 1 May 2013 06:54:17 -0400
To: Andrea Snow-Weaver <asnowweaver@gmail.com>, "public-wcag2ict-tf@w3.org" <public-wcag2ict-tf@w3.org>
Message-ID: <5735ED0D92A3E6469F161EB41E7C28A82FDAD67340@MAILR001.mail.lan>
I think that there should be no problem with the glossary term "conformance" itself, as it is so generically written that it must apply in all cases (so we can say it applies as written):

NOTE: The definition states "satisfying all the requirements of a given standard, guideline or specification"

I think we can assume that although the WCAG2ICT draft will not contain its own conformance requirements (as it is not a standard) we must assume that the requirements in our draft will be used and that wherever they are used (in a standard or specification) there will be a need to say that the ICT conforms to any of our requirements (by making a conformance claim).

So although I don't believe we have a problem with the glossary term, our potential problems lie in giving guidance about the places that it is used. As Andi states, Notes 2, 3 and 4 of the "accessibility supported" glossary area are the issue as they all relate to conformance issues.

Could we not simply say that we do not provide any guidance on the applicability of the notes (wither all or maybe only 2, 3 and 4) as these notes directly relate to conformance issues and this draft is not addressing conformance issues?

Best regards


From: Andrea Snow-Weaver [mailto:asnowweaver@gmail.com]
Sent: 01 May 2013 03:42
To: public-wcag2ict-tf@w3.org
Subject: Glossary terms related to conformance

I am working on proposals for the glossary terms that we deferred from last week.

accessibility supported
conforming alternate version
satisfies a success criterion
technology (web content)

These terms were previously blocked until we dealt with conformance. Last week I had proposed that we not comment on these terms but it was pointed out that even though these terms are fundamental to conformance, they are sometimes referenced from the success criteria.

I'm stumbling over the first one - accessibility supported.

I can think of replacement terms for "web content technology" in the definition itself. But Notes 2, 3, and 4 are about conformance or conformance claims which we have agreed we won't be commenting on.

Does anyone have thoughts on how we deal with these notes about conformance given that WCAG2ICT is not a standard that something can conform to?

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