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Re: WCAG 2.0 Last Call


From: Patrick H. Lauke
Date: May 1, 2006 6:30PM

> Jared Smith
>> As a warning, these total just over 600 printed pages by my count
>> (does anybody else see some implementation difficulty in this fact?).

smithj7 wrote:
> Regarding the number of pages of the document: Only about 20 pages per
> day and 3-4 to draft comments.

I suspect Jared didn't mean "do you see a problem with reviewing the
documents in one month", but rather - and far more importantly - "do you
see a problem with implementing and using WCAG 2.0 once it's finalised".
I must agree that, despite its limitations, WCAG 1.0 was fairly good
because of its relatively concise nature. You could hit a clueless
developer over the head with it without actually killing them. Now, if I
went over to a complete accessibility noob with a complete printout of
WCAG 2.0 and its supporting documents, they'd be very unlikely to work
their way through those 600 odd pages. Just look at the length of
"Understanding WCAG 2.0".

I suspect that one of the first things to do once WCAG 2.0 is finalised
will be the creation of technology (and baseline) specific
implementation guides (at least that's what I plan to do at work for our
developers...something like "How can my HTML/CSS site meet WCAG 2.0", as
our baseline will probably just feature those two technologies).

Patrick H. Lauke