[Spam] RE: [Irl-dean] False Accessibility Developers

Paul Walsh, Segala paul at segala.com
Fri Mar 31 17:35:48 IST 2006

Visual trustmarks have limited benefit even when used by trusted third
parties. They may only appear on one page such as index.htm. Visitors may or
may not land on this page which means they won't know what claims are being
made about the site.

The W3C has learned from the use of visual logos alone, to demonstrate
compliance with best practices. The Mobile Web Initiative (MWI) trustmark
which is based on very similar best practices as WAI, doesn't even have a
visual logo. 

The MWI Trustmark comes in the form of metadata only. To help tools such as
Google to determine and make use of trusted claims, there will be a
differentiator between sites that have been self labelled and sites that
have been verified by independent certificate providers. 

The WAI is likely to adopt a similar concept in the future but it's debating
the technical implementation at present.

What's interesting is that the method I'm talking about is soon to replace
an old W3C recommendation called PICS, the content filter used by MSIE. 


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      -----Original Message-----
      From: irl-dean-admin at list.eeng.dcu.ie 
      [mailto:irl-dean-admin at list.eeng.dcu.ie] On Behalf Of 
      Mark Magennis
      Sent: 31 March 2006 15:59
      To: irl-dean at list.eeng.dcu.ie
      Subject: RE: [Spam] RE: [Irl-dean] False Accessibility Developers
      I found the other report about false accessibility 
      claims. It was by E-Access Bulletin and based on research 
      by RNIB in March 2005. RNIB did a survey of 468 UK 
      council websites. Analysis of a subsample of 68 sites by 
      E-Access Bulletin revealed that nine of the councils 
      claimed to have achieved WCAG level AAA for all or part 
      of their sites and displayed the official WCAG compliance 
      logo. However, none of the nine were found to reach even 
      level AA and seven did not even reach level A. In total, 
      of the 68 sites, 23.5% were shown to have made false 
      claims of accessibility.
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: irl-dean-admin at list.eeng.dcu.ie 
      > [mailto:irl-dean-admin at list.eeng.dcu.ie] On Behalf Of 
      Barry McMullin
      > Sent: 29 March 2006 17:11
      > To: irl-dean at list.eeng.dcu.ie
      > Cc: mcmullin at eeng.dcu.ie
      > Subject: [Spam] RE: [Irl-dean] False Accessibility Developers
      > On Wed, 29 Mar 2006, Mark Magennis wrote:
      > > The false claims you have come across are by no means
      > unusual. In April
      > > 2004, Ennis Information Age Services assessed the 
      websites of 30 
      > > randomly selected Government Departments and 
      agencies. Of the three 
      > > sites that displayed the WCAG conformance logo, two 
      of them did so 
      > > inappropriately, as they were actually found to be 
      non-compliant. I 
      > > don't have it to hand, but I seem to remember the 
      recent UK cabinet 
      > > office sponsored report may have included similar 
      findings. Barry?
      > Well, this wasn't actually something we looked at; that 
      is, we did not 
      > systematically examine sites for accessibility "claims"
      > to be compared with "reality" - we just looked at the "reality".
      > Of course, insofar as the vast majority of the sites 
      examined did fail 
      > fairly comprehensively even at level A of WCAG 1.0, it 
      is certainly 
      > true that, for whatever reasons, practical outcomes are not yet 
      > matching clearly stated EU aspirations.
      > Best - Barry.
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