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DRAFT: EOWG Comments on Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 30 July 2004 Working Draft

From: Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 03 Sep 2004 08:30:07 -0400
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To: EOWG <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>

DRAFT: EOWG Comments on Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 30 July 
2004 Working Draft

NOTE: This is a DRAFT document and should not be referenced.

The Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) [will] offer[s] the 
following comments on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 30 July 
2004 Working Draft [1].

These DRAFT comments derive from discussions held at EOWG teleconferences 
(only so far) on 27 August 2004.


1. It is difficult to follow the transition directly from the guidelines to 
the success criteria. It would be helpful to have an explanation of the 
guideline available immediately following the text of the guideline, 
especially for people new to Web accessibility. Or alternatively each 
guideline should include a brief introduction to the guideline. Perhaps 
these explanations could be handled by having different views of the 
guidelines available.

2. Be careful about the use of jargon. Either introduce the terms when 
first used, or provide a clear link to an explanation in the glossary. 
Terms which may need introduction but for which it appeared no explanation 
was available, or was not available where it would have been most helpful, 
include: user agent, success criteria, full range of disabilities, 
multimedia, operable, spatial pattern threshhold. With regard to "spatial 
pattern threshhold," it would be helpful to separate out the definition, 
perhaps by a box, from the individual success criteria.

3. Better clarify the use of informative and normative within the format of 
the current guidelines.

4. Change or clarify the invisible/visible distinction. If the WCAG Working 
Group does not keep this as part of the format, it would be good to retain 
the information somehow, such as by integrating it into the text.

5. Nest the sequence of items in the top layer overview to better match the 
structure of the document.

6. Better indicate and explain the navigation between the documents. EOWG 
looks forward to the changes that WCAG WG is working on in this area.

7. Rename the section entitled "how to read this document" to "How to read 
this set of documents."

8. Add more cross-links to facilitate jumping back and forth within the 
document when following references to other parts of the document.

9. Present the blue boxes differently but keep something for differentiation.

10. Use the term levels rather than A, AA, AAA.



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Judy Brewer    +1.617.258.9741    http://www.w3.org/WAI
Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
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