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6 April telecon additional feedback on "Ra11y Matrix"

From: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:20:06 -0500
To: "EOWG (E-mail)" <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
Message-ID: <12c15627-df9d-9996-96e9-99fdc334cfcf@w3.org>
Hiya EOWG,

The weekly survey included comments on the 6 April teleconference[1]. The planning team discussed the comments with the commenters. The commenters agreed to share their comments via e-mail, and not to re-open the point at this time. Please see comments below.

~Shawn, Sharron, Brent

*Comment 1*

I don’t feel strongly about the “A11y” part of the word, but I wonder if 'Ra11y' does a good job of representing the resource. Even if I know the a11y abbreviation, it is unclear what a Raccessibility Matrix would feature. I think we could be much simpler and just call it something like “Accessibility Roles Matrix” with an A11Y-Roles abbreviation. Just food for thought.

*Comment 2*

While "a11y" is a common abbreviation *within* the field, it is very jargony and thus exclusive-cluby.

Also, in many fonts, one cannot distinguish between a-one-one-y and a-l-l-y ; that is, the number 1 or the lowercase letter L.
Also, "a11y" is hard for some people to process, including some people with certain cognitive disabilities.
(This lack of clarity is even more pronounced in "Ra11y" because it is like the word "rally".)

For these and other reasons, I think we do not want to use "a11y" in the name of a significant project, especially one intended for people who aren't accessibility insiders.

Less importantly, I think "Ra11y Matrix" doesn't communicate what it is. Maybe I'm missing something, but "Matrix" doesn't mean anything to me. I think it needs "Roles" in there.
<joke>maybe Accessibility Roles and Responsibilities Guidance (ARRG)</joke>

I think it would be good to have a brainstorming session about this when people are up for it. (maybe "over drinks" in Austin in May?)
Usually when EOWG takes a little time to work together, we come up with a solution that really "sings" and fits well.

Note that the descriptions for the roles themselves might end up being very useful throughout W3C work, such as for "Silver" (next gen accessibility guidelines) -- so it'd be good to have a project title that's not limiting.

/me re-reads the minutes...

I see "just a working title for now and can finalize as project develops". I'd like to share my thoughts, yet am OK with Ra11y Matrix as a working title if others want to stick with that. I do hope we revisit before Ra11y Matrix gets ingrained.


[1] links:
* 6 April telecon minutes <https://www.w3.org/2018/04/06-eo-minutes.html>
* Weekly survey results: <https://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/35532/EO-Weekly-06-Apr-2018/results#xq3>
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