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Recommendation to move WCAG Techniques out of TR, concerned about Failure Techniques loosing authority

From: David MacDonald <david100@sympatico.ca>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 13:17:29 -0400
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To: WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, Gregg Vanderheiden RTF <gregg@raisingthefloor.org>
There is a discussion in today's meeting about possibly amending technique
authoring process to possibly move the Techniques  out of TR space going
forward to speed up the cycle.

This is in the new Charter proposal.
http://www.w3.org/2015/04/draft-wcag-charter

Section 2 Deliverables

"Understanding WCAG 2.0 <http://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/>, to be
published as a W3C Working Group Note or as a curated resource of the
Working Group. Understanding WCAG 2.0 explains the intent of each Success
Criterion and links to known sufficient techniques, both general and
technology-specific;"

The proposal in the charter allows the group to go either way, so the
discussion is not a show stopper for the Charter.

However, there is a discussion that the weight and authority of failures
might be affected by this, and there may be legal implications in
environments that look to the common failures as evidence in court.

I would be interested in a fairly wide discussion of this, which includes
prior WCAG member and affected jurisdictions... I think there are court
cases all over the world that cite a WCAG failure technique violations as
an authoritative indication that a web site (page) doesn't meet WCAG
requirements.

Similarly, there may be some circumstances of web masters are defending
their claims that they met WCAG by citing a WCAG technique.

Cheers,

David MacDonald



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