Re: Special Web Page Proposal for W3C site - discussing proper use of WCAG Techniques

Hi all,

Yes, I agree for EOWG to have an active role is addressing this issue.

EOWG has worked on it in the past [1]. We updated the WCAG 2 FAQ [2] and crafted the announcements of the last Techniques publication [3] to try to help address it.

EOWG also talked about doing more to help address misunderstandings -- refining the information that WAI provides about Techniques and then doing a specific campaign to get the information out. While this is not at the top of EOWG's priority list at the moment, we certainly will move it up if warranted.

I think we need to step back and (briefly) clarify goals and approach -- e.g., what are current misunderstandings, what problems are they causing, options for addressing it, tone of our messaging, any cautions for how or what we say? (For example, I'm not sure we want to create a new document. Instead, perhaps we should refine the guidance that we already provide in current documents -- 5 are listed in [1].)

I'll check in with chairs on next steps for coordination.

~Shawn, EOWG Chair


On 2/15/2013 11:05 AM, Judy Brewer wrote:
> Gregg,
> [Adding Shawn Henry, EOWG Chair, in copy]
> Interesting approach. There does seem to be a need for clearer (and/or more prominent) guidance on when to, and when not to, rely on the various different categories of WCAG2 Techniques.
> But we don't want to inadvertently introduce any other confusion in this area. I believe that the Education and Outreach Working Group has already been looking at this question somewhat and I recommend that any updated messaging in this area be explored jointly with them.
> Thanks,
> - Judy
> At 05:56 PM 2/14/2013 -0600, Gregg Vanderheiden wrote:
>> We have for some time had a problem with people misunderstanding WCAG 2.0 Techniques and Failures.  Many have thought that the Techniques were required in order to conform to WCAG 2.0.    We have done a number of things to address this -  but not always with success.
>> A suggestion was made that we create a single page with a simple message that could be pointed to by people wishing to make proper use of the Techniques clear.   It was pointed out that such a page would be useful to many stakeholders and organizations, including the WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Taskforce.
>> Such a page is posted for comments and suggestions at <>
>> This page allows you to directly comment on the page.   The page will be edited dynamically, so you can return to the page to see changes.  You can also subscribe to the page to have comments and changes sent to you directly as they happen.  (click on the Comments button and select "notification options".)
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>> Gregg Vanderheiden Ph.D.
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>> and Biomedical Engineering University of Wisconsin-Madison
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> Judy Brewer    +1.617.258.9741
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Shawn Lawton Henry
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
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Received on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 17:12:22 UTC