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Section on Tables and WCAG 2.0 Level AA Legalism

From: Wayne E Dick <wayneedick@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 02 May 2014 04:47:32 -0700
Message-ID: <536385D4.6030507@gmail.com>
To: w3c-wai-eo@w3.org
I read the sections ontables carefully and find them very coherence and 
easy to comprehend for a person who will implement accessible tables.  I 
hope we keep this focus.  They are at the point that changes like 
Shawn's are what is needed.  Focused, clarification of wording.  The 
overall structure and organization isexcellent.

After last week's meeting I read Easy Checks carefully with regard to 
sections that clarified the letter of WCAG2.0 level AA.  They were not 
obtrusive, and actually improved the exposition.

That being said, I want to emphasize that the WCAG legalisms were kept 
to aminimum, and care was taken to pull them out of the mainstream of 
the presentations.  This is important because it is very easy to ruin 
instructional material with interruptions that are off the main point.

The tables tutorial is great because each segment teaches one concept in 
depth.  While I agreed with Eric that making a segment on captions to 
disclaim their use as being necessary to WCAG 2.0 Level AA, I find that 
putting this material away from the central content frees the main 
content to focus on what is important. How to write a good accessible 
table. The pedagogical flowis notdisrupted.

I taught 15 hours of lecture / lab for 30 years. Withpreparation and 
assessmentthat takes about 45 hours a week. Isolating necessary details 
from the central concepts and techniques of the presented material, was 
the only way to make my 15 hours of face to face contact effective.

I think an online tutorial faces the same challenge.  Our topic is 
implementing WCAG 2.0 on web content.  There are techniques and legal 
fine points.  The fine points are necessary, but they should be 
separated from the main teaching flow, or teaching won't occur.

Have a nice meeting.  I'm going to sleep now.

Wayne
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