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Re: standard vs guideline

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-edapta@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2002 16:28:51 -0800
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To: "Phill Jenkins" <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
At 6:16 PM -0600 3/5/02, Phill Jenkins wrote:
>Should W3C rename the WAI guidelines as standards?

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that since W3C isn't an
official standards-making body, nothing can be legitimately called a
"standard"; it's a reserved word. However, "specification" should be
available for use.

I agree that the term "guideline" is problematic, because it
carries an implication of "suggestion" which is not really what we
are trying to accomplish nor is it in line with the way the
"guidelines" are written.  (If we are truly writing "guidelines"
then WCAG 2.0 would look more like advice and less like

Anyway, I suspect this won't change, even if it really should.


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