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Framing WAI2020

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Framing the WAI2020 Discussion

[JOSH NOTES] These thoughts are in no particular order but are to act as a guide to enhance of my own sense of where we are at, some options and avenues.

What is WAI2020?

  • We need to clearly articulate what problems WAI2020 aims to address (Needs analysis).
  • What is the scope of WAI2020? What is out of scope?
  • Do we need modular sets of guidelines that address potential verticals? Or a common set of guidelines that work horizontally across multiple domains?

NOTE Will an exclusively vertical approach work? And can that be called ‘WAI2020’ – The various domains include ‘Wearables’, ‘The Internet of things’, ‘Automotive Web’, ‘TV’. How would this work – bespoke WAI groups and TFs looking at these areas?

  • For either case - should this work be normative (with its implicit time/cost overhead)? Or should we be moving towards more modular, agile, documents that can be changed as needed. This implies a different approach to standards development (which could be a good thing).
  • Whatever we do we need to create *user focused* guidelines, techniques, tutorials, tools, and support inclusive design methods.
  • Should WAI stop developing standards exclusively in W3C space? Should we join forces and develop our future standards/guidelines more with relevant organisations that promote good usability, inclusive design best practices in industry?
  • We could look at the common accessibility patterns that can span multiple domains – these are the practices that support accessibility and positive user experience for PWDS. Canonise them, and use them as a reference point for any vertical. These are (for example):
  1. Content must be structured correctly.
  2. All Inputs need to be well formed.
  3. Users must be informed of any changes in a systems ‘state’ in a way that is accessible.
  4. Error suggestion/correction – must be accessible.
  5. All media must be multi-modal (have suitable alternatives)
  6. Colour contrast should ideally be high (should we revisit our contrast algorithm to make it more robust).

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  • What about the approaches of GPII/Prosperity for all and other initiatives? What would the delta be with future initiatives like WAI2020?

Other non WAI2020 ideas

  • We need a delta for WCAG/UAAG/ATAG/WTAG. WCAG SCs may not be exclusively met by the author – the UA plays a vital role. Should we create a note identifying this WCAG/UAAG delta? Kind of like a UAAG for content developers?
  • Guidelines need to factor in heuristics and repair mechanisms within browsers and UAs.
  • Should WCAG be simplified? Many AAA SCs seem impractical and virtually redundant (in real world usage and conformance)