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Techniques as Benchmarks

From: Wayne Dick <wayneedick@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2013 13:48:28 -0700
Message-ID: <CAJeQ8SCjg4rL1OupBq2Or+9ebpoyoc2ocsj1-Wm8Vm_=w8Y4yw@mail.gmail.com>
To: "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
I propose the following change to the WCAG FAQ.

Why Use of the WCAG Techniques as an Implementation Benchmark is a
Good Idea for Large Institutions

While the Techniques are a poor choice for institutional guidelines
they can be excellent benchmarks to measure the accessibility of
products that are submitted for purchase.  This is especially true for
governments, large governmental agencies and educational institutions.

An institution need not be confined itself to just using the
techniques, but a formal process should be in place to vet new claims
of accessible implementations, at the vendor's expense, that do not
use the techniques. It is also important that institutional policy
must be written so that the most current version of the WCAG
Techniques is always used for benchmarks.

Here are the main reasons to use the techniques as benchmarks for
accessible implementations:
1.	The WCAG Techniques are written and tested by a expert body with
international prestige.
2.	The use of WCAG Techniques is relatively easy to check.
3.	Vendors can be held accountable for their claims of accessibility.
4.	The institution will not be forced to run down every claim made by
a vendor. Either the vendor uses the techniques or not.  If not, the
vendor must supply evidence as to why a new technique is sufficient.
5.	Most legal actions require a written list of rules for successful
prosecution.  The WCAG Techniques are a highly regarded list of rules.
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