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RE: Indicating Compliance

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2001 17:56:28 -0500 (EST)
To: "Fitzgerald, Jimmie" <Jimmie.Fitzgerald@jbosc.ksc.nasa.gov>
cc: "'ADAM GUASCH-MELENDEZ'" <ADAM.GUASCH@EEOC.GOV>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0101121748430.31013-100000@tux.w3.org>
I agree that there is value in being able to claim compliance on a page by
page basis, for the reasons described.

I wrote a bit about using RDF to claim compliance to anything - it is
available at http://www.w3.org/1999/11/conforms/ - that has a URI (I guess
the section 508 rules do. I need to update that to provide information on how
to add the stuff to an HTMl page (there are two ways: one is to use
namespaces in XHTML, the other is to us a link rel="meta" element or a
profile attribute). THere are also more tools around now that can be used to
work with this stuff - the RDF interest group at W3C is a place to find out
about them.

This is a bit of work that may one day be further developed into, or
obsoleted by, a language for describing accessibility of content, being
developed by the Evaluation and Repair Tools group. That is designed to have
all the features of what I did (for example claiming conformance for a whole
page to a whole set of guidelines, or for one element on a page to a
particula checkpoint or subcheckpoint)


Charles McCN

On Fri, 12 Jan 2001, Fitzgerald, Jimmie wrote:

  I tend to agree with you but I think we should indicate our compliance for
  two reasons:

  First, it let's everyone know the page is in compliance.  Though they are
  all supposed to be by June 21st, we all know this isn't a perfect world.  As
  a non-impaired user, how do I know a page is compliant unless I view the
  source on it?

  Second, here at NASA, we have tens of thousands of pages to modify.
  Indication of compliance can help in our effort to not let some pages fall
  through the cracks.

  This was just one of my random thoughts during the course of the day.  If we
  don't think about it now, we may be in a damage control mode later.

  Jim Fitzgerald - Logicon Federal Data, A Subcontractor of SGS

  -----Original Message-----
  Sent: Friday, January 12, 2001 2:55 PM
  To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
  Subject: Re: Indicating Compliance

  I don't think anyone has thought about it. It's not a goal you're supposed
  to try for, it's a legal requirement. Six months after the date of
  publication of the standards, you MUST meet them. A .gov domain name should
  be all the indication anyone needs that you've met the standards.

  >>> "Fitzgerald, Jimmie" <Jimmie.Fitzgerald@jbosc.ksc.nasa.gov> 01/12/01
  02:49PM >>>
  Hi all,

  	If coding to the W3C levels of 'A', 'Double A', and 'Triple A', they
  have kindly provided a method of indicating this compliance.  Not so with
  the 508 standards.  Has anyone heard how we are supposed to indicate that a
  page or site is 508 compliant?

  Jim Fitzgerald - Logicon Federal Data, A Subcontractor of SGS

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