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should we have a 2 year refresh cycle or a 4-5 year refresh cycle

From: David MacDonald <david100@sympatico.ca>
Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2016 09:08:31 -0400
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To: WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
I think we need to drop the 2 year refresh cycle for dot releases
commitment from the charter.

We are currently working under the WCAG 2 document structure for the dot
releases. This structure provides for stable normative technology agnostic
Success Criteria that are not frequently updated, along with non normative
techniques that are frequently updated to keep up with the advancements of
technology. I think  4 to 5 year cycle is the appropriate ballpark time
frame for refresh of the SCs.

The techniques can be frequently updated every 6 months with the help of
EO. I don't recall much dissatisfaction about WCAG being out of date by
stakeholders regarding a WCAG2 update until about 6 years after the release
of WCAG 2. Blogs started talking about it around 2014.

I don't think our stakeholders are expecting new SCs every 2 years. What
they want is up to date guidance which can be provided in Techniques which
hang off the stable SCs.

I'm concerned we don't have the bandwidth for updates every 2 years. ‚ÄčI'm
afraid legislators around the world will question the stability of the
standard if we refresh every two years.

Cheers,
David MacDonald



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