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Re: CFC - Transition UPDATED WCAG 2.1 Editor's Draft to Candidate Recommendation

From: Andrew Kirkpatrick <akirkpat@adobe.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2018 22:29:35 +0000
To: Katie Haritos-Shea <ryladog@gmail.com>
CC: WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <6FC75510-3DA3-4380-AB1D-5DA924E84E18@adobe.com>
Comments to Katie’s points inline:
For more than 17 years, I have been proud and grateful to do this work. I recognize and have been glad to serve with all of you who have dedicated so many hours in a good faith effort to move our shared cause forward. I know that we all want the same thing and I hope my comments can be taken as they are offered - as a reflection and a dialogue on how we can do better.
One thing we can improve upon is to be clear about how we refer to outcomes. For example, with approximately 20% not agreeing to publish (and several agreeing to publish with reservations,) this outcome should not really be called consensus, should it?
"...  but are moving forward and recognizing that this CfC is agreed on as a consensus opinion of the working group."

I think we all understand the politics of why this needs to be done now, today. But we did not reach consensus and should not call it that.

AWK: Per the AG WG Decision policy (https://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/decision-policy):
“Consensus indicates that a substantial number of individuals in the group support a proposal, and within the AG Working Group consensus can be achieved through this process.”

AWK: Given that most of the concerns raised in the CFC responses are being addressed (I’m interpreting adding an editor’s note, opening an issue, and committing to reviewing and changing content in the section that was the source of the concern as addressing the issues), I don’t think that declaring that we have met consensus is inappropriate.

Have we done some very good things that will add to Accessibility? Yes.

AWK: Glad to hear that!

Could/should the language have been better? Absolutely.

AWK: It is important to be clear on what language you are talking about here. Are you talking about SC or other language? If the latter, we are able to and are committed to reviewing it during CR. If the former, with the exception of Target Size, all SC were approved by the group in different CFC’s – it would help to understand which ones you are thinking about.

Could we have addressed the user needs that the 3 task forces brought to us better and more completely? Yes, we could have, given more time.

AWK: No question. And, we have more time – 18 months more. I know that isn’t the answer that you want, but it is the answer that we have to work with. If we didn’t commit to an 18 month schedule then we wouldn’t have been chartered at all. We will keep working because we believe in this.

Has there been 'death by a thousand paper cuts' for some SCs because of this rush to meet timelines? Only the coroner's report will determine that.

AWK: Perhaps not the most positive spin, but I agree that we always know more about the SC 1, 2, or even 8 years after they are published.

I hope this WG thinks long and hard about agile technical standards that could become components of civil rights - and whether that language that is 'good enough' or 'all that we can agree on today' meets that bar.

AWK: I am sure that we are all thinking about this on an ongoing basis, but our primary focus is identifying what standards we can reach consensus on, in the time we are provided. Our best way to support possible integration of WCAG into policies that have the force of law is to make sure that the SC are identifying ways to improve accessibility for people and ensuring that these are able to be implemented and tested. If we add SC because we know that it will help users but without a careful consideration of the other aspects, or without the technology even being available yet, we run the risk of never publishing at all or becoming a target of vigorous lobbying to policy makers who don’t want to be held to an unachievable standard.

I am shocked at all that we did not do because there was no time. As the global standard relied upon for the civil rights of millions of people are we really OK with privileging the schedule over the content?

AWK: I think that it would be productive to hear what your top few items you have in mind that we didn’t do because of time constraints, and how much additional time you think would be needed to address them. These are probably good targets to start with in a WCAG 2.2.

I am incredibly saddened to have seen, been a victim of, and engaged in - just plain ugliness on par with coercion, ridicule and childishness.
AWK: When brought to the attention of the chairs we have tried to handle these situations, and will continue to do so. If you or others feel that group members are violating the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, there are procedures that are in place to address this. Details are at https://www.w3.org/Consortium/pwe/.

Why am I not proud of this outcome?
This WG 10 years ago committed to seriously address CCL issues in our next release. I cannot see that we have met that commitment.
Many diligent people in this group tried to meet that commitment and made some degree of progress. At some point, however an atmosphere of intimidation and bullying took over and made what was already quite difficult completely impossible. If we are to make yet another commitment for the next iteration, that issue must be honestly acknowledged and addressed, in my opinion.
AWK: I feel that meeting this commitment is not a one-off solution. We have worked very hard on this and will continue to do so. I would love to discuss in more detail what you mean by an “atmosphere of intimidation and bullying took over” – we have worked to address every concern brought to our attention and we are not aware of this as an overall climate issue for the group. If it is, we need to know more about it.

Does it need to take another 10 years to get it right? Absolutely not. And I said before, there are options between 18 months and 10 years. I suggested 3 years as a reasonable "iteration"  timeline for an international accessibility standard.

AWK: As indicated in the response to Leonie earlier, this wasn’t an option that was available to us.

I would like to understand how we plan to address these issues and find a path to meet our long overdue commitment to the COGA community, people with low vision, and others who have felt marginalized in our process.
AWK: At some point in the next couple of months we will need to be talking about what is next, and how to get there more easily. Your thoughts and participation will be good input into that discussion.
Thank you all for your thoughtful consideration of my concerns.
AWK: Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and for all of your hard work.

On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 9:35 AM, Andrew Kirkpatrick <akirkpat@adobe.com<mailto:akirkpat@adobe.com>> wrote:

As we have received substantially positive feedback leading up to this CfC and six responses that that group members opposed the transition of the Editor’s Draft to CR, we would like to clarify how we are planning to address the concerns raised, but are moving forward and recognizing that this CfC is agreed on as a consensus opinion of the working group. Specifically, the Working Group agrees with the first option presented in the CFC survey.

The CFC was conducted using a survey (https://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/35422/Updated_CR_pub/results)<https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.w3.org%2F2002%2F09%2Fwbs%2F35422%2FUpdated_CR_pub%2Fresults)&data=02%7C01%7Cakirkpat%40adobe.com%7C998e9786c7764409973108d564eb766d%7Cfa7b1b5a7b34438794aed2c178decee1%7C0%7C0%7C636525884855542304&sdata=JVxf%2B8aNVccy5dtkl%2FFWIQKU2dCWcWZapQbUxmWHuRw%3D&reserved=0> and the objections all centered either around WCAG 2.1 needing to do more for users with cognitive disabilities (two comments) or needing to make a new change to editorial text in the WCAG 2.1 abstract (four comments).

Regarding the text in question in the Abstract:

  1.  We are adding an Editor’s note to the abstract section that reads:

The introduction to WCAG 2.0 says "even content that conforms at the highest level (AAA) will not be accessible to individuals with all types, degrees, or combinations of disability, particularly in the cognitive, language, and learning areas." While WCAG 2.1 provides additional guidance, it is still true that it does not provide universal coverage. The Working Group plans to add additional clarification about this in the next publication.

  1.  We will also create an issue in Github that references this Editor’s note to help the group and editors keep this on the radar to address soon.

We do feel that it is important that the Working Group works together to reach consensus on this language rather than adding it just before CR.

  1.  In the WCAG 2.0 publication sections such as “layers of guidance” were included. These are currently linked from the WCAG 2.1 draft, but we expect that we will add these into the WCAG 2.1 during CR. The Layers of Guidance section is where this language is included:

“Note that even content that conforms at the highest level (AAA) will not be accessible to individuals with all types, degrees, or combinations of disability, particularly in the cognitive language and learning areas. Authors are encouraged to consider the full range of techniques, including the advisory techniques, as well as to seek relevant advice about current best practice to ensure that Web content is accessible, as far as possible, to this community.”

                This language is clearly important to include, and to ensure that the abstract is harmonized with this language.

  1.  One of the comments raised concerns about Internationalization. The Group received comments related to internationalization during the last Working Draft and addressed these to the satisfaction of the commenters, but we will continue to pursue wide review of the CR publication, including from a broad set of languages.

We hope that this course of action will address people’s concerns.

This decision will be recorded at https://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/wiki/Decisions<https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.w3.org%2FWAI%2FGL%2Fwiki%2FDecisions&data=02%7C01%7C%7C1ab6006ec2be48e88f9008d4a210961e%7Cfa7b1b5a7b34438794aed2c178decee1%7C0%7C0%7C636311639507586899&sdata=IafGoKjeQf7zBqxVj8m380hh8%2BWgU1VfPa2tZjq0Bx8%3D&reserved=0>

Thanks again to all for their hard work!


Andrew Kirkpatrick
Group Product Manager, Accessibility


From: Andrew Kirkpatrick <akirkpat@adobe.com<mailto:akirkpat@adobe.com>>
Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 13:25
To: WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org<mailto:w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>>
Subject: CFC - Transition UPDATED WCAG 2.1 Editor's Draft to Candidate Recommendation
Resent-From: WCAG <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org<mailto:w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>>
Resent-Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 13:24

Call For Consensus — ends Thursday January 25th at 1:20pm Boston time.

Please respond to this CFC through this survey: https://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/35422/Updated_CR_pub/<https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.w3.org%2F2002%2F09%2Fwbs%2F35422%2FUpdated_CR_pub%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cakirkpat%40adobe.com%7Cfaafb0995c1f4dea9bac08d5628ea714%7Cfa7b1b5a7b34438794aed2c178decee1%7C0%7C0%7C636523287183498126&sdata=XaM7EUi25dJvzKJ7cIe4TxAqLz6lQM4N1DlIrGjRcYE%3D&reserved=0>

If you have concerns about this proposed consensus position that have not been discussed already and feel that those concerns result in you “not being able to live with” this decision, please let the group know in the survey before the CfC deadline.


Andrew Kirkpatrick
Group Product Manager, Accessibility


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