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Re: WCAG 2.2 status - Icon Description

From: Alastair Campbell <acampbell@nomensa.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2020 10:43:45 +0000
To: "Hall, Charles (DET-MRM)" <Charles.Hall@mrm-mccann.com>
CC: WCAG list <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <B49F2188-4071-421B-9C9F-681825A4490F@nomensa.com>
Hi Charles,

Discussion here is fine ☺

> I would prefer a more strict SC.
> “on or before the first occurrence of an icon on the page” can still be a challenge or barrier for people (including those interpreting the SC without specific examples).

I didn’t quite understand what you were suggesting should change, did you mean that it should always be available with the icon, rather than before it?

A scenario we were considering was that icons can be used as categorisation and used repeatedly in table rows/columns, for example:

[alt = a table of cases in a bug tracker, the first column shows an icon for ‘bug’ (spider), ‘idea’ (light bulb), and email (envelope).]

In scenarios like data-visualisations or maps, it seemed reasonable to allow for a legend approach rather than require something on every instance.
It would also help keep it cross-technology, as things like ePub/PDF wouldn’t (reasonably) be able to have a page-level toggle.

> This also assumes the “page” is the user’s context.

Yep, this is for WCAG 2.x, so the page is the unit of conformance.


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