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[techs] Summary of techniques teleconference 14 January 2004

From: Michael Cooper <michaelc@watchfire.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2004 11:39:45 -0500
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Jenae Andershonis
Michael Cooper
David MacDonald
Tim Boland
Ben Caldwell
Chris Ridpath
Lisa Seeman
Wendy Chisholm
Matt May
David Donovan


Review of action items - we reviewed action items from the past couple
weeks. A number of people have testing items related to potential changes to
WCAG 1.0 that need to be completed soon. We also discussed our relationship
to EuroAccessibility, which is we consider them participants in our process.
We may wish to further work on this at the Cannes Face to Face.

CSS Techniques - Tim Boland is a member of the CSS Working Group and
reviewed our old CSS techniques, which have been updated in format but not
content [1]. He mapped that to CSS 3 and sent that to the list [2], [3], and
[4]. We talked about next steps in CSS techniques, and it seems that CSS 2.1
[5] is the version we should initially target techniques to, since that
reflects current implementation. Possible next steps on the techniques are
to clean the examples, address editorial notes, add missing techniques
(harvest from places like Zen garden, Eric Meyers, etc.), address open
issues, and go through the issues list [6], determine if they're so old they
can be closed, otherwise move to Bugzilla for further tracking. Tim will get
started on some of this.

Supporting Technology - related to CSS techniques is the concept that some
technologies, like HTML, contain content and should fully meet WCAG, while
supporting technology, like CSS, cannot by itself meet the guidelines fully,
but still need to follow parts of the guidelines. The relationship of
technologies like HTML and SVG, either one of which can be the "host"
technology and the other supporting, furthers the complexity of these
relationships. How we label and deal with these technologies has been a
source of confusion for some time. We ended up with three terms: "parent"
technology is the main technology displaying content, "embedded" technology
renders a discrete subset of the content, e.g., as an embedded SVG or movie
clip, and a "style" technology affects the presentation and accessibility
but does not itself play a role in content.

QA framework review - we continued the review of the QA framework, Guideline
4 [7]. Checkpoint 4.1 is a requirement to provide a test framework and we
spent the rest of the discussion reviewing what that might be, what we
already have, what we would like to have. The HTML techniques [8] have
"tasks" as well as code examples and resources. Other repositories like John
Slatin's [9] and Chris Ridpath's [10] exist. We thought we should use the
model from the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines [11]. Chris and Jenae
will work further on this.

IRC log of discussion at [12] (at time of posting this link doesn't work but
should be fixed soon)


Wendy, Tim: Discuss open issues for CSS
Jenae: Survey some sites for things that would go into test framework
Jenae and Chris: Pull together ideas for test framework, using Guideline 1.1
for HTML as a starting point
Michael, Wendy: Initial proposal of plan for Technical Plenary
Jenae: Send list of ideas for test page


[1] http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/WD-WCAG20-CSS-TECHS-20031219.html
[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/2003OctDec/0583.html
[3] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/2003OctDec/0584.html
[4] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/2003OctDec/0585.html
[5] http://www.w3.org/TR/CSS21/
[6] http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20/css-tech-issues.html
[7] http://www.w3.org/TR/2003/WD-qaframe-test-20030516/#gl4
[8] http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-HTML-TECHS/
[9] http://www.utexas.edu/research/accessibility/resource/how_to/index.html
[10] http://www.aprompt.ca/oac/
[11] http://www.w3.org/WAI/UA/TS/html401/
[12] http://www.w3.org/2004/01/14-wai-wcag-irc.html

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