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RE: conformance level proposal

From: Gian Sampson-Wild (PurpleTop) <gian@purpletop.com.au>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 07:50:26 +1000
To: "'Matt May'" <mcmay@w3.org>, "'Yvette P. Hoitink'" <y.p.hoitink@heritas.nl>
Cc: "'WAI WCAG List'" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <015401c3fcb2$8f67ab20$a61a8ec6@PurpleTop>

There are a lot of companies (such as Disability service providers) that
put a lot of effort into maintaining a Triple-A rating, and want to be
seen to be providing as much accessibility as possible. I believe that
allowing a Triple-A rating will give something to aim for.

Gian Sampson-Wild
Mobile: 0404 498 030
Email: gian@purpletop.com.au

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On
Behalf Of Matt May
Sent: Friday, 27 February 2004 6:07 AM
To: Yvette P. Hoitink
Cc: 'WAI WCAG List'
Subject: Re: conformance level proposal

On Feb 26, 2004, at 11:12 AM, Yvette P. Hoitink wrote:
> Simple question: why letters? We have level 1, 2 and 3 checkpoints
> directly correspond to the level of conformance, what would be easier 
> than
> just using these numbers for conformance levels as well? You would
> level 1, level 1+, level 2 or level 3 conformance. You can even have 
> level
> 2+ if you want.

I'm not against using numbers, per se, though I would still lean toward 
letters, since the version number would also have to be a part of the 
claim (is WCAG 2-B+  more usable than WCAG 2-1+?).

I still disagree with offering a level-3 conformance claim. To design 
any Web resource to conform to all level 3 guidelines is almost 
impossible for all but the most simple examples, and our experience 
with WCAG 1 seems to show that claims of triple-A conformance are 
bogus. I'd rather set a bar (A+) that people can achieve, and lower 
ones that are more reasonable, than set one that users can't put any 
faith in.

Received on Thursday, 26 February 2004 15:50:52 UTC

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