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RE: Guidelines vs Standards (was Checkpoint 3.3)

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jul 1999 13:24:26 -0700
Message-Id: <4.1.19990720132240.02297020@mail.idyllmtn.com>
To: "webmaster@dors.sailorsite.net" <webmaster@dors.sailorsite.net>
Cc: "\"'WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>'\" <WAI Interest Group" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
At 01:18 PM 7/20/1999 , Bruce Bailey wrote:
>Despite Kynn's (and others) concern with the vagaries of the WCAG, I am 
>working hard for their adoption (as a standard) for Maryland state 
>government sites.  I am sure many others on this list are pushing this 
>where they can too.

>Sadly, I am not comfortable advocating for anything stricter than Single-A 
>compliance at this time.  

This is my position too; I think the guidelines are great as guidelines
but the conformance section, and the implication that you should use
ALL "shoulds" (P2) if you use ANY, is the part that is broken.

I am okay with leaving the priorities where they are; I just think
that the compliance section, which I admit I didn't pay attention
to until it was too late, is the real problem here.  It encourages
entirely the wrong approach to the Guidelines and mandates things
that were never meant to be mandated.

Kynn Bartlett                                    mailto:kynn@hwg.org
President, HTML Writers Guild                    http://www.hwg.org/
AWARE Center Director                          http://aware.hwg.org/
Received on Tuesday, 20 July 1999 16:40:32 UTC

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