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Proposed Reordering of UA Guidelines

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1999 10:40:33 -0400
Message-ID: <37C2AEE1.1DC6E470@w3.org>
To: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
CC: danield@w3.org

I received an action item to review the order of the guidelines
and propose a new order based on importance. Here are  some
of the criteria I used for sorting:

  i) Number of high priority checkpoints in the guideline
 ii) Semantic grouping of related guidelines
iii) Rough division in two groups:
        a) Reduce inaccessibility
        b) Promote accessibility
     Perhaps the (a) group is more important than the (b) group. 
     Note that this is only a rough notion.

Here's the proposal:

1) Support input and output device-independence 
  [All priority 1 checkpoints]

2) Ensure keyboard access to user agent functionalities 
  [This one is related to device-independence and so the first two
   be close.]

3) Ensure user access to document content 
  [This one might follow the next two, but seems very
   important since it's about availability of content.]

4) Allow the user to turn off features that may reduce accessibility 
  [Lots of Priority 1, but this is because the ideas are finely

5) Ensure user control over document styles 
  [The previous two should be close]

6) Observe system conventions and standard interfaces 

7) Support applicable W3C technologies and guidelines 
  [Should be close to previous one]

8) Provide navigation mechanisms 

9) Help orient the user 
  [The previous two should be close]

10) Notify the user of document and view changes 

11) Allow the user to configure the user agent 

12) Provide accessible product documentation and help 
   [Still important, but someone has to be number twelve!]

 - Ian

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