Survey on depreciating scores

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Depreciating scores

Survey Question Instruction / Introduction

During the Silver VF2F, there was a good bit of discussion if reported scoring should be depreciated over time. This is a topic that the Silver Task Force has discussed on multiple occasions. We think the discussion is mature and would benefit from feedback from AGWG.

Survey Question

Should Silver conformance claim be dated? If dated, should that conformance claim score depreciate over time?

Option 1: Date and Version stamp a conformance claim. This would provide transparency to anyone viewing a claim how old the claim is, and the viewer can make their own judgement. Reducing the accessibility of a site is not a function of time, but rather is a function of the number of changes since the last time the site was tested. Depreciating a score over time will put a heavier burden on small sites with few changes. The choice of depreciating a score is more in the realm of regulation, as standards say what you have to do, not the conditions or penalties of not doing it. The Silver group passed a resolution for this option on 28 April 2020.

Option 2: Depreciate a score over time. A claim is worth less the longer it has been since a site has been tested. Therefore, we should have a formula to depreciate the score over time. This is a widely requested feature in certain industries who want to track their accessibility progress over time.

Option 3: No depreciation and no time stamp. W3C is writing the standards. This is a matter for regulators to decide how they want to implement it, not for a standards organization. We are not the accessibility police.

Survey Responses

  • Option 1: Date and Version stamp a conformance claim
  • Option 2: Depreciate the value of a conformance claim score over time
  • Option 3: No date or depreciation of score

Possible Future Survey Questions

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