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Comment LC-1308
Commenter: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>

Resolution status:


In the current framework, while there are success criteria there are no
normative explanations of how they apply to given technologies. Instead,
understanding WCAG 2.0 has been made an informative document.

This is inappropriate to ensure interoperability of tools and content.
This has been a major problem with the implementation of WCAG 1.0, where
important questions of interpretation (such as "are tables OK for
layout?", "do all user agents identify form fields without default text in
them?", "is it OK to rely on javascript?", "are px units OK for layout?"
among others) have gone unanswered for many years leading to a major
breakdown in interoperability between tools, services, and content itself.

I propose that the information be made available in a normative document.
The process requirements for publishing such a document would seem to be
very lightweight in the context of how long it takes the WCAG group to
determine necessary changes, and this will at least ensure that an
authorative answer becomes available for issues which arise.


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