Re: Bug#1007106: reportbug: please make the meaning of the a11y tag clearer
On Mon, 14 Mar 2022 at 09:38:36 -0400, Sandro Tosi wrote:
[ Simon McVittie wrote: ]
> > My understanding is that the a11y tag is intended to be for bugs that
> > harm Debian's usefulness for people who rely on assistive technologies
> > (screen readers, high contrast themes, etc.), and more generally, people
> > who are not well-served by typical application developer assumptions as
> > a result of disabilities or similar factors. The debian-accessibility
> > mailing list is described on https://lists.debian.org/devel.html as
> > "Making Debian more accessible to people with disabilities", and the
> > a11y tag is shown on bugs.debian.org as a wheelchair symbol emoji,
> > which supports that interpretation.
> > However, reportbug describes the tag as:
> > > 1 a11y This bug is relevant to the accessibility of the package.
> > and I think a lot of non-technical users are interpreting this as "this
> > bug makes it hard for *me personally* to use this package" - but if
> > we used that interpretation, then it would apply to a lot of medium to
> > high severity bugs in user-facing components like desktop environments,
> > and the bugs that are particularly relevant to debian-accessibility
> > subscribers would be lost in the noise.
> I sympathize with your request, but please first address the rewording
> the the authoritative source of tags descriptions:
Please could the BTS owners provide or approve a clearer wording for this,
if they are the "owners" of the tag definition?
Samuel Thibault suggested
"This bug is relevant to the accessibility of the package for disabled users."
"This bug affects disabled users."
and in https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=1007106#20,
Cindy Sue Causey suggested
"... affects people with disabilities."
"... affects users with disabilities."
I would personally say
"This bug particularly affects users with disabilities"
if we're using a form of wording similar to that, because what we're
interested in is whether a bug is *particularly* significant for users
of accessibility technologies etc., rather than just any random bug that
happens to have been encountered by a user with a disability.