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Eval doc - Considerations for Specific Contexts - comments

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 09 Sep 2005 00:44:21 -0500
Message-ID: <43212135.6030900@w3.org>
To: "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
Cc: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>

Hi, Shadi & EOWG,

Great to see this moving along so well!
I sent copy edits to wai-eo-editors (http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/wai-eo-editors/2005Sep/0001.html).
Below are content comments for EOWG discussion as appropriate.

document: Considerations for Specific Contexts http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/Drafts/eval/considerations.html
section: Evaluation of Large and Complex Web Sites

- current: "Occasionally it may not be feasible to evaluate [an] entire Web site because of its unusual size or dynamic nature."
- suggestion: "Often it is not feasible to thoroughly evaluate the accessibility of all pages in a Web site because there are too many pages." . . . (later in this section:)"The "Evaluation of dynamically generated Web pages" section provides additional guidance on evaluating complex sites."
- rationale: very often it is not feasible, nor even advisable!, to do a thorough conformance evaluation on every Web page in a site.

- current: "A carefully chosen expanded selection of pages can serve as a representative sample for the entire Web site."
- suggestion: "An approach in such cases it to use an evaluation tool that can automatically evaluate some aspects of Web accessibility on all pages of the site, and to conduct comprehensive evaluation of selected pages." 
- rationale: very uncomfortable with "representative sample"

- current: "It is important to record which pages have been chosen as the expanded selection, and to clearly disclose these on the Web site if a public conformance claim is made." & "Note: if any area of a site is excluded from evaluation, be sure to disclose this information."
- suggestion: cut out one of the sentences & edit the other. (sorry, too tired to give more specific suggestion right now :(
- rationale: unnecessarily redundant

- current: list "pages from different sections of the Web site;
pages representing different "look & feel";
pages representing different development tools and processes including those generated from databases;
pages produced under different guidelines;
"welcome", "contact us", "site mape" pages;
pages critical to your business; etc."
- suggestion: edit what is there and add some things like:
* Templates, that impact all or many of your web pages
* Style sheets, that impact all or many of your web pages
* Home page, that is often the first impression
* The most important pages (and the path to get there)
* Frequently-used, high traffic pages (and the path to get there)
* Some of each feature or functionality (for example, data table, form)
* Some from each developer or development group
... (sorry, too tired to give more specific suggestions right now :(

OK, all for now. I've run out of steam for tonight.

Best regards,
~ Shawn
Received on Friday, 9 September 2005 05:44:27 UTC

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