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Re: Success Criteria 3.1.5 violates academic freedom on my opinion and could not be practiced by universities.

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 07:16:40 -0600
Message-ID: <4790A6B8.6030504@w3.org>
To: Wayne Dick <wed@csulb.edu>, "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>

Success Criteria 3.1.5 is Level AAA

"Note: It is not recommended that Level AAA conformance ever be required for entire sites as a general policy because it is not possible to satisfy all Level AAA Success Criteria for some content." - http://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/conformance.html#uc-levels-head

See also http://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/meaning-supplements.html

Wayne, Do you think what's there is enough to clarify it, or do you think something needs to be added to the success criteria (SC) itself. If to the SC itself, how could it be worded to be specific enough that people don't use it as a loop hole for anything?


Wayne Dick wrote:
> 3.1.5 Reading Level: When text requires reading ability more advanced 
> than the lower secondary education level, supplemental content, or a 
> version  that does not require reading ability more advanced than the 
> lower secondary education level, is available. (Level AAA) How to Meet 
> 3.1.5 Understanding 3.1.5
> I am not sure that a posting of, poetry, creative writing, philosophy, 
> physics, biochemistry, statistics or mathematics that required first and 
> second year work university work in the given major could be expressed 
> at a lower secondary educational level.  If we adopt this criteria then 
> the instructional materials of advanced courses can never meet Level 
> AAA.  Do we want to create a level that an entire sector cannot meet?
> I think we should create some exception language like:  unless material 
> cannot be simplified or the intent of the writing is to use language in 
> specific ways.
> This is dangerously close to censorship, and we never know how it could 
> be used.
> Wayne

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