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Re: Proposed Reordering of UA Guidelines

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1999 10:49:34 -0400 (EDT)
To: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org, danield@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.9908241048360.5830-100000@tux.w3.org>
sounds fine to me. As I understand it, order is not significant, but people
will probably read something into it anyway.

charles McCN

On Tue, 24 Aug 1999, Ian Jacobs wrote:

  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
  Reference Document:
  Ian Jacobs (jacobs@w3.org)   http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs
  Tel/Fax:                     +1 212 684-1814

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