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EARL (was RE: Google Accessible Search)

From: John Foliot - WATS.ca <foliot@wats.ca>
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2006 07:00:52 -0700
To: "'Charles McCathieNevile'" <chaals@opera.com>, "'Lisa Yayla'" <lisa.yayla@statped.no>, <b.kelly@ukoln.ac.uk>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Cc: <shadi@w3.org>
Message-ID: <007a01c6b0bb$f3bcd6d0$0201a8c0@bosshog>

Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> Until there is
> some kind of trust framework, I don't suppose that they are likely to
> generally believe a lot of metadata (historically their approach has
> been not to trust individual metadata, and it has worked as an
> anti-spam technique to a certain extent). 

It occurs to me that this is where the missing-in-action EARL would
(should!) come to play, especially if there were the ability to somehow
"digitally sign" the EARL report with a trusted certificate - be it
either a "hard-core" code-signing certificate or even a light-weight PGP
or Thawte style email signing certificate - any type of 3rd party,
trusted authority certificate would suffice.  The simple fact that a
person is prepared to put their name on the line in the assertion of
"accessibility" would go a long way, IMHO, to establish that trust.

Hello EARL, where are you?

John Foliot  foliot@wats.ca
Web Accessibility Specialist
WATS.ca - Web Accessibility Testing and Services
Phone: 1-613-482-7053 
Received on Wednesday, 26 July 2006 14:01:58 UTC

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