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Comments on WCAG 2.0

From: Sylvia Caras <sylvia@peoplewho.org>
Date: Sun, 06 Feb 2005 16:11:20 -0800
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1.  "the time-out is part of an 
<http://w3.org/TR/WCAG20/#competitiveactivitydef>activity where timing is 
essential (for example, competitive gaming or time-based testing) and time 
limits can not be extended further without invalidating the activity."

         I believe that the US ADA allows extensions even for time-based 
testing as a disability accommodation, so I'd like to see this comment be 
more forgiving.

2.  "When they are not identified, the speech synthesizer will use the 
default accent and pronunciation of the language on the rest of the 
content, which can make the phrase unintelligible."

         It's not clear to me which language "the language" refers to.  Is 
it saying that the (for instance) English pronunciation will be applied to 
the foreign phrase or that the text reader will recognize a foreign phrase 
and will keep using that pronunciation

3.  Guideline 3.2, an alternative for "page"

         Later it is modified and has a more specific meaning, but would 
"unit" do here?

4.  There's one more piece I'd like to see added and I'm not yet clear how 
to phrase it, something maybe about genre recognition.   For instance, when 
I am at an airport looking for reading material, even in a strange city, I 
can quickly tell which newspapers are tabloids, which more mainstream, even 
which are conservative, and definitely what the news of the day 
is.  Similarly with magazines, and books, they categorize themselves by 
size, color, format, font, ...  This is also true of paper mail (and I wish 
it were as easy to sort email!) - it's clear for about 85% what is 
unsolicited.  I'd like web content/design to have some generally accepted 
standards for design/font/format that would make quick inspection and 
categorization easier.  It would help some people with disabilities; it 
would help many people surfing and sorting.

Sylvia
Received on Monday, 7 February 2005 01:21:57 GMT

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