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RE: Clear communication: (was RE: Re: Accessibility of "CHM" format resources)

From: John Foliot - WATS.ca <foliot@wats.ca>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2005 12:21:49 -0400
To: <Stuart.M.Smith@manchester.ac.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <005f01c56b7d$03197050$6401a8c0@bosshog>

Stuart Smith wrote:

> I need to clarify something here please?
> When you say
> "Many on this list also believe that a more-or-less strict
> adherence to published standards"
> Just after talking about one of the WCAG Priority's you are
> not including them as a standard? As they are published as
> Guidelines surely?

Correct, WCAG is a Guidelines document, where-as the proper usage of CSS,
HTML, etc. is governed by Standards.  

> I maybe a newbie to the group but I am very concerned about
> the growing reinterpretation of the Guidelines as Standards.

...and this is a very real phenomenon due in part to governments mandating
the guidelines as such.  I share your concern.

> There are lots of standards out there, which are very
> important and useful and the Accessibility Guidelines are
> important too. But they are just guidelines surely? If they
> are now being mooted as standard then they need a greater
> robustness and adaptability.

Yes you caught me... Again, see the importance of clear language?


John Foliot  foliot@wats.ca
Web Accessibility Specialist / Co-founder of WATS.ca
Web Accessibility Testing and Services
Phone: 1-613-482-7053
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