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Comments on Alternate Versions Notes

From: Andi Snow-Weaver <andisnow@us.ibm.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2007 06:04:13 -0500
To: WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <OF6E8EA125.F87A4BDC-ON862572F3.003B4626-862572F3.003CCFB2@us.ibm.com>

Here are my comments on the Alternate Versions Conformance Requirement:

Under Option 1:

- Advantages: I think the advantage to the author with this approach is
that where possible, it is easy to do.
- Disadvantages: To the user, it could be difficult to find the link to the
conforming version

Under Option 3::

- User Advantages: For the user, it is easy to find the alternate version
when navigating the website because links to both versions are in the same
location. Also, this is an improvement over the current situation where
authors can provide the links to accessible versions in some obscure page
on the website that users will not be able to find even when navigating the
website and encountering the non-conforming version.
- Author Advantages: I think the current wording of the author advantage is
biased against this technique ("provides the author with the most
freedom"). Replace the text with something more objective like "Easy for
authors to implement." There may also be an advantage in maintaining the
site. With this technique, it is more obvious to the person maintaining the
site that there are multiple versions of content. This may make it easier
for them to realize that all versions need to be kept in sync. I can see
things falling through the cracks with some of the other techniques where
there may be an alternate version in the directory but it's not obvious to
the webmaster that if they get an update to one version, they also need to
request an update to the other version(s).

Received on Thursday, 7 June 2007 11:49:15 UTC

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