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Red Flag Item

From: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 07:40:59 -0800
Message-ID: <43A2E00B.9040903@gorge.net>
To: Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>, eowg <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>

Guideline 4.2 of WCAG 2.0:
"Ensure that user interfaces are accessible or provide an accessible 

It is IMO imperative that there be a full stop after the first "accessible".

Reason 1: if one has provided an "accessible alternative" then said user 
interface is, by definition, itself accessible and there is no need for 
this "or" phrase.

Reason 2: this encourages yet another "copout escape hatch" very similar 
to the long-discredited substitution of a "text only" version as an 
acceptable alternative to genuine inclusion/accessibility. Either the 
accessibility of the so-called alternative is defined within the 
document (in which case it needs no "or" exception) or it is left to the 
tender mercies of the author, bypassing the fulfillment criteria.

I spoke to a WG chair offline about this but I would like for it to come 
from EOWG as well.

Received on Friday, 16 December 2005 15:41:01 UTC

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