The W3C has released the working draft of the new accesibility guidelines version [w3.org].
I find some guidelines difficult to be met:
Level 2 Success Criteria for Guideline 1.2:
- Synchronized captions are provided for all real-time broadcasts.
TV can do this, but they have a lot of budget to hire people to do it. Is this possible (and reasonable) to implement in a website?
Level 2 Success Criteria for Guideline 2.4
- alternate display order (for pages) or alternate site navigation mechanisms (for sites).
This isnít that difficult, but it certainly means a lot more work.
Level 3 Success Criteria for Guideline 2.5
- Checks for misspelled words are applied and correct spellings are suggested when text entry is required.
This sounds to me like a web service (go to an online dictionary and check the spelling of all the submissions in your website). I doubt clients will pay extra for this. (Or should the web developer implement this free of charge?)
Level 3 Success Criteria for Guideline 3.1
- Using a style manual, dictionary, and other reference materials.
- Testing documents to learn if potential users understand the material, and including people with cognitive, learning, or reading disabilities in the test group.
- Developing a single topic or subtopic per paragraph.
- Using length and complexity of sentences that are consistent with recommended best practices for the intended audience, such as those found in current textbooks about writing in the audience's field or discipline.
I canít control this, my clients always provide the written content and i really doubt they will make any of those points.
Level 3 Success Criteria for Guideline 3.2
- When components such as navigation menus and search forms appear on multiple pages, users can choose to have those elements presented in a different visual position or reading-order.
Same as guideline 2.4
I think that in version 1 guidelines you had more control to meet AAA conformance, but in this version i think that (at least for me) itís almost impossible.
I understand that some of those guidelines will not get into the final version, but maybe some will persist. What do you think?
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