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Requiring ATAG conformance

From: <lguarino@adobe.com>
Date: Mon, 02 May 2005 15:56:20 -0700
To: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
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One of the proposals made for GL 4.2 was to include ATAG conformance 
for authoring applications:

[5] authoring applications (part of conformance?)
Web applications that are created for the sole purpose of assisting
users to create content intended for publication on the web must
conform to at least Level A of the ATAG 2.0 Guidelines.

In looking at the most recent ATAG 2.0 draft, it appears that ATAG 
requires WCAG conformance:

<ATAG Guideline>
1.1 Ensure that the authoring interface follows applicable software 
accessibility guidelines. [Authoring Interface Checkpoints Relative to 
WCAG or Authoring Interface Checkpoints Relative to ISO-TS-16071] 
Rationale: If the authoring interface does not follow these 
guidelines, people with disabilities may not be able to author Web 

Techniques: Implementation Techniques for Checkpoint 1.1

Success Criteria:

The authoring tool must satisfy at least one of the following 
(a) At least one full-featured Web-based authoring interface must 
always conform to WCAG. 
(b) At least one full-featured non-Web-based authoring interface must 
always conform to ISO-TS-16071. 
</ATAG Guideline>

So adding this requirement introduces a mutual dependency between the 
guidelines. Can we do this, or does this introduce an infinite 
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