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From: Geof Collis
Date: Mar 30, 2010 4:42PM


Hi Dennis

If you could copy the paragraph that states the level and the link
that would be great, the Minister is bilingual.


cheers

Geof
At 05:16 PM 3/30/2010, you wrote:
>Hi Geoff,
>
>On 2010-03-30, at 4:56 PM, Geof Collis wrote:
>
> > At this point Ontario is looking to go WCAG 2.0 Level A only so you
> > got us beat. :O)
>
>W00t! And here I was, thinking that I never win anything. ;p
>
>AODA is "only" WCAG lvl A? Really? That's too bad.
>
>Come to think of it, in terms of video, we only aim as high as lvl A
>also. Everything else is lvl AA, with a few little things from lvl
>AAA when they felt important.
>
>
> > Do you have a link, hopefully in English that refers to your standards?
>
>I do have links, yes, but only in french. I doubt it will ever get
>translated, at least with government funding.
>
>Someone's bound to do it eventually. I might at some point, as some
>people have been asking for it already. I doubt Google Translate
>would do a good job, but until then, this is all we got...
>
>The standard is divided in three normative documents : web sites
>(SGQRI 008-01), downloaded documents (SGQRI 008-02) and multimedia
>(SGQRI 008-03).
>
>Here they are :
>
>SGQRI 008-01:
><http://msg.gouv.qc.ca/normalisation/standards/accessibilite/siteweb/index.html>;
>SGQRI 008-02:
><http://msg.gouv.qc.ca/normalisation/standards/accessibilite/doc_telechargeable/index.html>;
>SGQRI 008-03:
><http://msg.gouv.qc.ca/normalisation/standards/accessibilite/multimedia/index.html>;
>
>There is also a summary of everything if you land here:
><http://msg.gouv.qc.ca/normalisation/standards/accessibilite/>;.
>
>I'm not sure the PDF versons are accessible yet, but it's part of
>the plan to make them accessible.
>
>This is the official verison dated october 2009. We expect to
>deliver the final version in the upcoming weeks. It should then be
>adopted by our Treasury Board sometime before the summer if all goes well.
>
>If you guys are interested, I'd be more than happy to keep you
>posted on the whole thing as it evolves.
>
>Take care,
>
>
>--
>Denis Boudreau
>www.twitter.com/dboudreau
>
>
>
> > cheers
> >
> > Geof
> >
> >
> > At 04:43 PM 3/30/2010, you wrote:
> >> Hey there,
> >>
> >> On 2010-03-30, at 3:55 PM, < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> >> < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> >>
> >>> I find it interesting that in Canada web accessibility is being
> dealt with
> >>> on a provincial level rather than something that is uniform throughout
> >>> Canada. Let me know if I'm not totally understanding this.
> >>> Chuck
> >>
> >> Actually, it's a little bit of both.
> >>
> >> There is an accessibility standard on the federal government level
> >> that applies to federal government websites only (CLF 2.0/WCAG 1.0,
> >> to be updated to CLF 3.0/WCAG 2.0 in an upcoming version).
> >>
> >> There are also accessibility standards on the provincial level that
> >> will apply to a variety of websites, depending on the province
> you look at.
> >>
> >> In Quebec for instance, we have SGQRI 008 that pretty much means
> >> WCAG 2.0. It applies to all government and agencies websites.
> >>
> >> In Ontario, it's AODA, but I'm not sure exactly what it aplies to
> >> yet, I haven't had a chance to really look into it, but I hear it
> >> will cover a wider spectrum than the Quebec standard.
> >>
> >> I'm guessing other provinces also have something cooking, but I have
> >> yet to check that out.
> >>
> >> Obviously, from my answer, I guess it shows I'm from Quebec. ;p
> >>
> >> The politics are pretty special up here so it's no surprise that
> >> there would be different standards depending on which governement
> >> level you're looking at. Not sure it's actually helping the cause,
> >> but this is how things are usually handled up here.
> >>
> >> As far as I can tell, there isn't really anything that's actually
> >> uniform across the country, may it be a11y standards or whatever, as
> >> the french- and english-speaking communities are from pretty
> >> different cultural backgrounds.
> >>
> >> Appearently, we all feel special enough to want our own thing... for
> >> better for for worse.
> >>
> >> For instance, an unified canadian standard would allow us to speak
> >> on behalf of a close to 40 million people market. That amounts to a
> >> pretty interesting number. Like a larger state for the US I guess.
> >>
> >> In Quebec, we only represent a 7.7 million market share. We saw how
> >> much that "cripples" us when our government tried to put pressure on
> >> Adobe two years ago for a french version of Acrobat. We barely got
> >> their attention, let alone changed things.
> >>
> >> We may even had more effect last week at CSUN we three of us got
> >> down at the Adobe booth to talk difrectly to Adobe's Accessibility
> >> Team. Politics wouldn't help at all.
> >>
> >> Hope this helps,
> >>
> >> --
> >> Denis Boudreau
> >> www.twitter.com/dboudreau
> >>
> >>