RE: Does anyone else agree with my perspective - was Re: "we should not allow user testing in exceptions" (was Re: clarifying the debate)

From: David MacDonald []
Sent: Friday, February 17, 2017 9:20 AM

The impression I had was that was groundbreaking in addressing the needs of the blind and some mobility issues.

Perhaps Gregg could answer this better than I, but I think the role of WCAG 1 was the same as our current role. The standard itself was of course groundbreaking as a standard and a formal organization of all the great advice that was circulating accessibility circles. However, screen readers had existed for over 10 years prior to WCAG 1. The assistive technology and approaches to HTML were pioneered by Trace Research, IBM, Henter Joyce, and others great organizations.
[Jason] WCAG 1 reflected the best requirements that the working group was able to distill from the expertise available to it. The focus of the work always was how to make the Web more “cross-disability accessible”, and not on any specific disability or selection of disabilities.

WCAG 2 advanced in at least two directions: making conformance to the requirements more reliably testable, and generalizing them to be applicable to more technologies and in a greater variety of circumstances.


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