RE: Re[4]: CfC: Approve draft charter for AC review



I too now am irritated by hearing my own repeated position…..I do not enjoy making myself a pain in everyone’s side. 


There are two things going on – and what this is really about. 


One is my having to be *the* voice of one stakeholder group of WCAG – governments, who must implement it. Allen and Bruce have weighed in when they are able. But, I am not, nor have I ever been, a government employee – and really wish I was not the lone dissenting voice for them – I expect I am not able to do the job well enough, nor as accurately, as they would. 


Our WG happens to be void of any government employees who are able to commit the serious time needed at this juncture, currently, to this group and charter discussion – and for a whole host of good reasons. It is my opinion that had there been more active government members, this agile timeline charter discussion would have gone very differently.  


IMHO the government stakeholder group is vital to the success or failure of any WCAG version. I do have experience with getting WCAG taken up in regulations, and implemented, in a government in the US. There is a very specific set of steps, but various agencies must be consulted. The public and agencies must be given the opportunity to ask questions and comment – very much like this WG must go through those valuable vetting public reviews and addressing comments – and then all documentation must be updated – and a grandfathering date included. All of this adds time before a standard can be adopted.



The second issue, is my own position (where I am wearing too many hats), that makes it necessary for me to be horribly cryptic – a thing I do not enjoy. 


My opinion that a very few who insisted on the 2 year timeline, and did not want to compromise, do not have the experience of; having written any WCAG SC, technique or understanding content – have no experience of defining, writing and launching a WCAG version in the W3C -- nor any experience implementing it or other standard in government – and then dismissed the comments of the WG members who do have this experience -- are therefore, IMHO, not in a very good position to be defining the direction and future of this WG and insisting that: 

1.) WCAG timelines should be defined, and as agile (don’t finish - iterate), and do not need to be complete

2.) that government timelines should not be considered, and that 

3.) promises made to the Cognitive community do not have to be kept


​​​​​Evidence? No crime has been commited. It is certainly my view that these few do not understand the implications of their actions – but think they are doing the *right* thing – as do I. 


Influential people? Yes, in that they were able to convince this august group and its chairs, almost entirely made up of people who were not on this WG for the release of 2.0, of their position. The few of us ‘geezers’, to a man (I think), disagreed with the agile timeline approach – along with the few government members. 


Behind-the-scenes, politics… a very real thing at the W3C – a fact I have only come to truly realize in the last year as an AC Rep.



* katie *


Katie Haritos-Shea 
Principal ICT Accessibility Architect (WCAG/Section 508/ADA/AODA)


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From: Detlev Fischer [] 
Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 1:44 PM
Cc: Katie Haritos-Shea GMAIL <>; WCAG <>
Subject: Re: Re[4]: CfC: Approve draft charter for AC review


Just to let you know that I have not the foggiest idea what this huge discussion is really about. Katie, I am getting a bit irritated by your repeated reference to 'influential people' forcing an agenda behind the scenes and at the same time, your unwillingness to name them and provide any clear evidence. IMHO, this very discussion is not something that would encourage the experts needed to enter the WCAG WG.

Best, Detlev

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