Re: Usefulness of compliance section in Web Accessible Mobile document

I am trying to follow this thread in light of what was discussed last week.

Perhaps I misunderstood, but I thought we had agreed that the question
about WCAG compliance might be the wrong question because we are so
infrequently able to answer with a simple "yes."  I thought we had
concurred that compliance might be the wrong frame.  Shadi suggested that a
better question might be "How does it relate to WCAG?" and that because
there is not a one-to-one mapping for most of these points, an emphasis may
more effectively be placed on best practice.

Alan, I am happy to incorporate a sample of a change in emphasis into the
existing text if that would be useful for you to take to the others on the
mobile list.

Let me know if that would help.


From: William Loughborough <>
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 07:30:48 -0800

At the last teleconference it was expressed that the audience for the
current effort to align Mobile 
Best Practices and WCAG compliance was interested in how to comply with
standards, but...

What Charles says here is true. Although there are many who seek a cookbook
recipe to 
achieve "compliance" with some accepted/required standard, we must make
every effort to assure that the "Web Experience" is accessible/usable for
all of us.

What we generate will never rise to the level of a "Recommendation" but it
should form the basis for enhancing that which we seek to enhance.


>From    : Charles McCathieNevile[]

I agree. WCAG 2.0 compliance, while useful, is not the only or definitive  
measure of accessibility, any more than compliance to mobile BP is the  
definitive measure of mobile friendliness. They are just references to a  
framework document we have available that makes it easier to disucss the  
goals in concrete terms. We should recognise that, and point out how you  
can improve user experiences in both areas at the same time.

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