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RE: Jan 29 minutes

From: Gregg Vanderheiden <gv@trace.wisc.edu>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2004 10:01:03 -0600
To: 'John M Slatin' <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>, caldwell@trace.wisc.edu, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Message-id: <0HSB00IJF8HSDT@smtp3.doit.wisc.edu>

Hi John,

We decided to take the 'legally required lengthening" out of our guidelines
since it differs from country to country,  because we shouldn't be enforcing
laws or requiring compliance with laws (and so shouldn't mention laws in the
normative doc).

This was a long discussion but this is what we thought was where we should

Your thoughts?

(for level 3 - when we get to it -- we were talking about having no time
limits. )  but for level 1 we didn't think we could be that restrictive.


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Gregg C Vanderheiden Ph.D. 
Professor - Ind. Engr. & BioMed Engr.
Director - Trace R & D Center 
University of Wisconsin-Madison 

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On Behalf
Of John M Slatin
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2004 9:45 AM
To: caldwell@trace.wisc.edu; w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Subject: RE: Jan 29 minutes

Thanks, Ben. Sounds like y'all got lots done after I signed off-- I
should do that more often:-)

I'm still concerned about our treatment of time-based testing.  At least
in the United States, some students with disabilities are legally
entitled to extend the time-limits to which students without
disabilities are subject.  For example, a student with a learning
disability might be legally entitled to 1.5 hours for a test that
classmates must complete in one hour or less.  It seems to me that there
has to be provision for *someone* to make that allowance-- if not the
student, then the instructor.

Course management systems like Blackboard and WebCT automatically pull
student data from the registrar's databases, and I had thought that the
registrar's database could be made to include data on students'
disabilities and the accommodations to which they are legally entitled.
However, I was told that there are legal barriers (in the US) to doing
this-- apprently disability status is one type of personal data that
cannot be shared among different units on campus.

Since this sort of time-limit on testing can't be automatically adjusted
for individuals, it seems that we need to pull time-based testing out as
a separate situation.


"Good design is accessible design." 
Please note our new name and URL!
John Slatin, Ph.D.
Director, Accessibility Institute
University of Texas at Austin
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email jslatin@mail.utexas.edu
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-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of Ben Caldwell
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2004 9:02 am
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
Subject: Jan 29 minutes

Just posted yesterday's minutes. Thanks to Loretta for volunteering to
take notes.


Ben Caldwell | <caldwell@trace.wisc.edu>
Trace Research and Development Center <http://trace.wisc.edu>   
Received on Friday, 30 January 2004 11:04:20 UTC

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