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WAI Gallery -- Planning

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Last updated 23 August 2002 by Judy Brewer (jbrewer @w3.org)

NOTE! Some content on this page has been updated with information from the EOWG meeting on 29-30 July 2002.  Remainder of content is from 20 January 2000 (in other words, old). Comments to wai-eo-editors @w3.org


To develop a showcase of Web sites, implementing the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 at a Double-A Conformance level, that includes a variety of different types of Web sites, different complexity of design, and represents accessible Web sites in a variety of countries and languages; without inadvertently endorsing inaccessible sites.


[Note: this section is old. For new info, see 'proceed with caution' section below.] Please read through the companion page to this, "Review of Web Site Accessibility -- Planning" [including July 2002 updates] before reading this part.

We should probably develop this in a multi-stage process, so that we can get something available soon. One way to do it would be to:

  1. Put out a call for nominations to the WAI Interest Group; establish and recruit people onto the (soon to be created) wai-review@w3.org list to do an informal review & discussion, in public space, of the sites that have initially been nominated; and then identify a small team of around five experienced reviewers do a final pass over the sites that make it through the wai-review@w3.org discussion. They could then select a diverse spread of ten to twenty different sites. The sites could be mounted in "WAI Gallery" space under W3C/WAI, and we'd attach a disclaimer saying that these had undergone only informal review so far and that we'll be updating the gallery and making it more formal over time.
  2. The second stage could be updating and expanding the gallery with sites nominated from the Review Teams, and with sites that have been submitted directly to a contact point on the WAI Gallery and then vetted through one or more Review Teams. We'd want to end up with a gallery that shows different types of sites -- e-commerce, portals, reference, simple home pages, etc. -- with everything from sophisticated flashy design to very basic design; and that shows sites from different countries and in different languages. There'd need to be some kind of communication with Web masters whose sites were going into the gallery; and disclaimers about the sites changing during the period when they were in the gallery.
  3. Third stage could be rotating sites in and out of the gallery over time, to ensure an on-going incentive of potential "showcase" exposure for new sites; and archiving the older sites with whatever notes might be appropriate. We might want to consider archiving them with frozen "snapshots" in case their accessibility level changes over time.
  4. An on-going parallel activity could be enabling a feedback mechanism, so anyone viewing the gallery could provide feedback on how the sites in the gallery worked for them. This feedback would be useful to the Web Content Guidelines Working Group, to help identify barriers that WCAG may not have addressed adequately; and the feedback would also be useful for the Evaluation and Repair Tools Interest Group as it considers requirements for new and better assessment tools, since it could help identify WCAG checkpoint non-conformance that isn't being caught by existing evaluation tools and strategies.

Who's Interested So Far...

[Note: old material, see next section] There will be some overlap here with the people listed as interested in the Review Teams on the companion page to this, however we may get other organizations involved as well. 

Cautionary Approaches

[notes from 29-30 July 2002: these represent cautionary ideas, not consensed; many participants in meeting favored using multiple cautionary approaches at once]] [see below for sample framework]

sample framework, integrating some of these approaches (proposal, no consensus)

  1. Gallery must be entered through a disclaimer statement which the user must acknowledge (accessibly!), and which includes:
  2. Sites are only included in Gallery which meet the following criteria:
  3. Sites which are nominated but not selected
  4. Sites which have been previously included in the Gallery

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