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ATAG 2 comment

From: William Loughborough <love26@gorge.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2007 08:39:36 -0800
Message-ID: <45A90B48.2010801@gorge.net>
To: w3c-wai-au@w3.org
CC: w3c-wai-eo@w3.org

I realize I'm a bit late to the party with this, but I've been mulling 
it over for several years and find it almost as hard to comment on as it 
was to write this part of ATAG in the first place..

Specifically, the whole business of relative priorities is 
dense/opaque/impenetrable and although I have no specific language that 
will change that, it is important that further effort be expended trying 
to make this dark thing clear.

Perhaps if you try to think of it as an English-to-English translation 
it might help. The basic idea that the priority of something depends on 
"external" factors should be amenable to some simplified text.

As it stands, I have always felt that it's a poster child for 
obscurantism (or is that "obfuscation"?). I urge you to look in 
isolation at the text starting at ["Relative Priority" Checkpoints] and 
in particular the part labeled [Relative Priority Checkpoints in 
Practice] and imagine yourself as someone trying to develop an 
ATAG-compliant authoring tool. Perhaps it's my creeping senility, but it 
just puts cognition barriers in my path to understanding what in the 
world we are talking about here.

Received on Saturday, 13 January 2007 16:40:08 UTC

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