audience of guidelines - Re: EOWG: Agenda for 5 January 2007 Teleconference

Was just thinking... who is the audience for WAI guidelines? I think I know the answer to this question but it would be good to just clarify it for the review of ATAG.

It seems like some W3C standards (CSS3, XHTML2, and many more)  aren't written for consumption by normal people. With those standards,  I have often waited for someone who is really well known to write an article in something like A List Apart ( or to write a book on the issue.  I then take and use that interpretation as what the standard says.  

This is the same type of reaction you'd get from a lot of developers.  They don't want to take the time to read W3C Standards.  They just wait for some A-list Web developer to do it for them.

For things like ATAG 2.0 and WCAG 2.0, the goal is for normal people to be able to just waltz into the document and extract meaning that they could walk away with and start using, right?


Justin Thorp
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>>> Shawn Henry <> 01/03/07 4:51 PM >>>

Dear EOWG Participants:

An agenda and calling logistics for our 5 January 2007 teleconference follow.

Time:    8:30am - 10:30am U.S. Eastern Time. For other time zones see: 
Bridge:  +1.617.761.6200, code: EOWG# (3694#)
IRC:     Channel: #eo, server:, port: 6665
Scribe:  See 


1. Face-to-face meeting registration closes *Wednesday* 10 January

If you plan to attend the EOWG f2f 22-23 January in Boston (Cambridge), please register through the "Registration for W3C Multi-Group Meetings" page at: 

2. Scribe planning 

3. ATAG 2.0 Working Draft review

* ATAG Overview: 
* ATAG Working Draft: 

* Call for Review e-mail: 

Focus for EOWG review and discussion:
NOTE: The list below includes new questions since the EOWG review e-mail in December.

a. How well does the ATAG Overview introduce ATAG? Please review the Overview first as a "front door" preview before you read ATAG. Then, go back to the Overview after having read ATAG.
b. Is the ATAG 2.0 Working Draft understandable? Look especially at the Abstract, Introduction, and Conformance sections.
c. Are the guidelines and success criteria clear?
d. Is the relationship between ATAG 2.0 and WCAG 1.0 and WCAG 2.0 clear?
e. Is it clear that accessible (ATAG-compliant) authoring tools have a crucial role in making the Web accessible?

Comments so far:
- (from Justin)
- (from Justin)

Please send comments to the list before the meeting as possible.

~ Shawn & Judy


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