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RE: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap

From: Kelly Ford <kelly@kellford.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:32:14 -0700
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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Hello,

 

I am asking this question here because I think it is an interesting question related to both the general topic of web accessibility and how certification is to be evaluated.  I recognize that alt-text is subjective to some degree but this is the second instance of alt text from an IAAP publication that I find lacking in completeness.  And I wonder how certification will handle this sort of situation or about other perspectives.

 

Visiting http://www.accessibilityassociation.org/content.asp?contentid=163 I find the following alt text for a picture on the page:

 

“Pyramid depicting the expert, professional and associate levels of certification”

 

I find the alt text lacking because it gives me no idea of how the pyramid is actually structured in terms of what’ builds on what.  And even from a writing perspective what I’m told is at the lowest level of the pyramid by someone who can see, namely associate, appears as the last item in the alt text.  Now the text explanation further on would appear to put things in the same order as they are depicted in the graphic.  That and my own judgment can likely tell me more about how the picture is structured but in my opinion I shouldn’t be required to do this level of analysis if I’m using alt text as my method of image perception.  And an equally valid argument might be made that just from a writing perspective expert is what should appear first.

 

The first instance of alt text that could have been better,, again in my subjective opinion, happened in the first community update back in December 2013.  For reference purposes this can be found at:

http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c9e95602d3d7209e71c920bfa <http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c9e95602d3d7209e71c920bfa&id=b3e4fe052c#IntroducingTheIAAPLogo> &id=b3e4fe052c#IntroducingTheIAAPLogo

 

There is a full article on the new IAAP logo.  But again from the alt text or even the article, I’d have little to no idea of what this logo is, what the six colors are and such.  Do I need to know this?  I’d contend yes in this case for a new logo being introduced yes.

 

The current alt text related to this logo reads:

"Photo of the IAAP logo" and "Photo of the six-color element that makes up the international IAAP logo”."

 

Now I was curious what the logo looked like and what the colors were so did email a contact at the IAAP to ask about the logo.  This is the description I was provided.

 

“The logo is simply the letters IAAP in the color blue against a white background.  How we show those letters is what we were trying to communicate.  The two A’s are connected by a curved line that creates the cross mark for the A’s.  This curved line connects the two letters together both showing our goal of providing a place for professionals to connect together and, because the curved line looks somewhat like a bridge, reflecting that this is a pathway towards something new.

 

The six color element are just six thin blocks of color in a line.  The colors used are in this order – red, blue, yellow, purple, green and orange.  These colors represent the most common colors used within the flags of our international community.”

 

I am in no way being critical of the IAAP here.  But I tend to be an examples sort of person when it comes to accessibility and am curious how again certification would judge a person’s ability to accurately create alt text from these examples if a certification test got to that level.  Imagine for example that a certification question presented these same two situations and asked the person to write alt text and then justify the reasons behind why they chose what they did.  Obviously without knowing the intent behind the chosen alt text here I cannot accurately evaluate intent but from a results perspective, were I judging, I’d fail both of these cases of alt text or other method of image description.  In the pyramid case because the alt text does not convey enough about the image and perhaps because the text is out of order with the intent of the picture  and in the logo case because either the alt text or the article introducing the logo does not give someone who does not see the picture enough information for a new logo.

 

Again I want to emphasize I am not being critical of the IAAP effort here.  In fact I think the industry needs something in this space because I, as I suspect do many others, invest an inordinate amount of time evaluating the accessibility claims of many because far too often reality doesn’t match stated ability.  I will also say that any opinions expressed here reflect my personal opinion and are in no way related to any professional employment or organizational membership of mine.

 

Thanks,

 

Kelly

 

From: Paul Bohman [mailto:paul.bohman@deque.com] 
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2014 4:09 PM
To: Tony Jasionowski
Cc: David Hilbert Poehlman; Lastort Joanne L [Contractor]; Bob carroll; J. Albert Bowden; W3C WAI ig
Subject: Re: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap

 

Many people on this list are accessibility professionals, so the collective group of you are indeed one of the target audiences of the IAAP. In fact, the first certification category that will be developed is in the realm of digital accessibility, so right now you are the main target audience. If the IAAP branches out later (that's not a given), then it will be appropriate to engage with other similar professional groups in those areas. 





Paul Bohman, PhD
Director of Training
Deque Systems, Inc
www.deque.com <http://www.deque.com> 
703-225-0380, ext.121

 

On Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 6:46 PM, <Tony.Jasionowski@us.panasonic.com <mailto:Tony.Jasionowski@us.panasonic.com> > wrote:

Joanne, 
I agree with you that IAAP scope is beyond the scope of this list. 
Tony 



Tony Jasionowski 
Senior Group Manager Accessibility
Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company 
Two Riverfront Plaza, 9th Floor 
Newark, NJ 07102
Email: tony.jasionowski@us.panasonic.com <mailto:tony.jasionowski@us.panasonic.com>  
Tel/Fax: 201-348-7777 <tel:201-348-7777>  







From:        David Hilbert Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net <mailto:poehlman1@comcast.net> > 

To:        "Tony.Jasionowski@us.panasonic.com <mailto:Tony.Jasionowski@us.panasonic.com> " <Tony.Jasionowski@us.panasonic.com <mailto:Tony.Jasionowski@us.panasonic.com> >, 
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Date:        04/11/2014 02:26 PM 

Subject:        Re: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap 

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Perhaps then it is too broad to discuss on this list?


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On Apr 11, 2014, at 14:13, Tony.Jasionowski@us.panasonic.com <mailto:Tony.Jasionowski@us.panasonic.com>  wrote:

Joanne, 
WCAG only relates to web accessibility and not the many other aspects of accessibility, which I assume IAAP will address and/or certify. It seems the scope of IAAP is intended to be international and cover all aspects of accessibility, which is a real challenge. 
Tony 
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Tony Jasionowski 
Senior Group Manager Accessibility
Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company 
Two Riverfront Plaza, 9th Floor 
Newark, NJ 07102
Email:  <mailto:tony.jasionowski@us.panasonic.com> tony.jasionowski@us.panasonic.com 
Tel/Fax: 201-348-7777 <tel:201-348-7777>  

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From:        "Lastort Joanne L [Contractor]" < <mailto:Joanne.L.Lastort@irs.gov> Joanne.L.Lastort@irs.gov> 
To:        Paul Bohman < <mailto:paul.bohman@deque.com> paul.bohman@deque.com>, " <mailto:Tony.Jasionowski@us.panasonic.com> Tony.Jasionowski@us.panasonic.com" < <mailto:Tony.Jasionowski@us.panasonic.com> Tony.Jasionowski@us.panasonic.com>, 
Cc:        Bob carroll < <mailto:accessys@smart.net> accessys@smart.net>, "J. Albert Bowden" < <mailto:jalbertbowden@gmail.com> jalbertbowden@gmail.com>, W3C WAI ig < <mailto:w3c-wai-ig@w3.org> w3c-wai-ig@w3.org> 
Date:        04/10/2014 09:37 AM 
Subject:        RE: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap 

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Most countries are aligning themselves with WCAG 2.0 - even the US (at least partially). That should help, if you're going to use any kind of standard.

Thank you for your help,

Joanne Lastort
IT Specialist
508 Program Office (IRAP) 
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Please send all correspondence to *508 ( <mailto:508@irs.gov> 508@irs.gov)


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From: Paul Bohman [ <mailto:paul.bohman@deque.com> mailto:paul.bohman@deque.com] 
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:32 AM
To:  <mailto:Tony.Jasionowski@us.panasonic.com> Tony.Jasionowski@us.panasonic.com
Cc: Bob carroll; J. Albert Bowden; W3C WAI ig
Subject: Re: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap

Tony,

I agree that localization of laws is complex, but IAAP is international, so we can't focus only on US laws.



Paul Bohman, PhD
Director of Training
Deque Systems, Inc
 <http://www.deque.com> www.deque.com
703-225-0380, ext.121 <tel:703-225-0380%2C%20ext.121> 



On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 9:31 PM, < <mailto:Tony.Jasionowski@us.panasonic.com> Tony.Jasionowski@us.panasonic.com> wrote:


               Folks, 
               There is a wide variation between ADA, CVAA and other international accessibility laws, which may not be harmonized. I suggest IAAP should focus onto the U.S., since it may be too difficult to encompass international certification. 
               Tony 
               
               Tony Jasionowski 
               Senior Group Manager Accessibility
               Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company 
               Two Riverfront Plaza, 9th Floor 
               Newark, NJ 07102
               Email:  <mailto:tony.jasionowski@us.panasonic.com> tony.jasionowski@us.panasonic.com 
               Tel/Fax: 201-348-7777 <tel:201-348-7777>  
               
                
               
               
               
               
               From:        Paul Bohman < <mailto:paul.bohman@deque.com> paul.bohman@deque.com> 
               To:         <mailto:accessys@smart.net> accessys@smart.net, 
               Cc:        "J. Albert Bowden" < <mailto:jalbertbowden@gmail.com> jalbertbowden@gmail.com>, W3C WAI ig < <mailto:w3c-wai-ig@w3.org> w3c-wai-ig@w3.org> 
               Date:        04/08/2014 08:05 PM 
               
               Subject:        Re: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap 
               
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               IAAP certification is not specific to any law, such as the ADA. It is for accessibility professionals in a variety of accessibility disciplines. Similarly, the IAAP is an international organization, not just for American laws.
               
               It's also important to separate the concept of courses from certification. The IAAP will offer a variety of educational resources and opportunities which can impart the kind of knowledge necessary to pass certification, but the certification itself is an assessment; a test. The idea behind certification is to show that the individual has met a certain level of expertise in the field, according to industry-accepted competencies. 
               
               
               Paul Bohman, PhD
               Director of Training
               Deque Systems, Inc
                <http://www.deque.com> www.deque.com < <http://www.deque.com/> http://www.deque.com/> 
               703-225-0380, ext.121 <tel:703-225-0380%2C%20ext.121>  <tel:703-225-0380%2C%20ext.121>  
               
               
               On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 7:55 PM, < <mailto:accessys@smart.net> accessys@smart.net < <mailto:accessys@smart.net> mailto:accessys@smart.net> > wrote: 
               
               when I took the DoJ training back in 1992 they made it very clear that there was going to be no accepted "Certification" for ADA, so wonder how this sits with the DoJ position or has it changed???
               
               and how will it relate to DoJ training courses??
               
               Bob
               
               On Tue, 8 Apr 2014, J. Albert Bowden wrote:
               
               Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 19:47:40 -0400
               From: J. Albert Bowden < <mailto:jalbertbowden@gmail.com> jalbertbowden@gmail.com < <mailto:jalbertbowden@gmail.com> mailto:jalbertbowden@gmail.com> >
               To: Paul Bohman < <mailto:paul.bohman@deque.com> paul.bohman@deque.com < <mailto:paul.bohman@deque.com> mailto:paul.bohman@deque.com> >
               Cc: W3C WAI ig < <mailto:w3c-wai-ig@w3.org> w3c-wai-ig@w3.org < <mailto:w3c-wai-ig@w3.org> mailto:w3c-wai-ig@w3.org> >
               Subject: Re: Seeking feedback on IAAP certification roadmap
               Resent-Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:48:09 +0000
               Resent-From:  <mailto:w3c-wai-ig@w3.org> w3c-wai-ig@w3.org < <mailto:w3c-wai-ig@w3.org> mailto:w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>  
               
               
               does it cost money to get certified?
               
               
               
               On Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 1:15 PM, Paul Bohman < <mailto:paul.bohman@deque.com> paul.bohman@deque.com < <mailto:paul.bohman@deque.com> mailto:paul.bohman@deque.com> > wrote:
               
               Cross posted request for feedback:
               
               The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) needs
               your feedback on our roadmap for accessibility certification. Here is the
               roadmap as it stands now:
               
                <http://www.accessibilityassociation.org/content.asp?contentid=163> http://www.accessibilityassociation.org/content.asp?contentid=163 < <http://www.accessibilityassociation.org/content.asp?contentid=163> http://www.accessibilityassociation.org/content.asp?contentid=163> 
               
               We are still in the early stages of designing the certification, so your
               feedback is most valuable now, before we commit to a certain path.
               
               Here are some questions to consider as you read the roadmap:
               
                  1. What do you think of the roadmap overall?
                  2. What would you do to improve our roadmap?
                  3. What do you think of the *levels* of certification outlined in the
                  roadmap?
                  4. Are there any broad *Knowledge Domains and Roles* that we have left 
               
                  off that should be included? 
                  5. Do you like our list of *Digital Accessibility* areas of 
               
                  certification? Should we add to or subtract from this list? (For example,
                  one person commented that we should add gaming to the list.) 
                  6. Do you like the idea of certifying for these areas separately, in a
                  modular approach as we have done? (See the section on *Referencing
                  IAAP Credentials* for an explanation of how this might work)
                  7. Do you like the 3 year period for certification? Would you make it 
               
                  shorter (2 years) or longer (5 years)? 
                  8. What kind of certification assessment would you create? Keep in 
               
                  mind that it has to be a valid and meaningful test of the right kind of
                  competencies, it must be challenging enough that novices could not pass it
                  without first studying or gaining experience,  it must be scalable (not too
                  burdensome to administer or grade/score the assessment), and translatable
                  into other languages. 
                  9. Once certification becomes available, do you think you would go 
               
                  through the process to become certified? Why or why not? 
                  10. What else should we consider as we move forward? 
               
               
               To give feedback, you can reply directly to this email, or you can send an
               email to the certification committee:  <mailto:CC@accessibilityassociation.org> CC@accessibilityassociation.org < <mailto:CC@accessibilityassociation.org> mailto:CC@accessibilityassociation.org> 
               
               Paul Bohman, PhD
               Chair, IAAP Certification Committee
               Director of Training
               Deque Systems, Inc
                <http://www.deque.com> www.deque.com < <http://www.deque.com/> http://www.deque.com/> 
               703-225-0380, ext.121 <tel:703-225-0380%2C%20ext.121>  <tel:703-225-0380%2C%20ext.121> 
               
               
               
               
               --
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                <http://bowdenweb.com/> http://bowdenweb.com/ < <http://bowdenweb.com/> http://bowdenweb.com/> 
               
               
               



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