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[Bug 13442] Clarify cases that should NOT be "non-interactive presentation user agents"

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Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 06:25:47 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=13442

Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> changed:

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--- Comment #2 from Ian 'Hixie' Hickson <ian@hixie.ch> 2011-08-11 06:25:47 UTC ---
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Status: Rejected
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: 

If someone writes a program that converts HTML files to PDF files, and has a
"preview" mode that shows the PDF file, it is an interactive program that
accepts user input, but it would still just be a non-interactive presentation
user agent, and that would not be inappropriate (on the contrary, it would make
no sense for such an application to be any other conformance class). So I don't
think the "should" you are suggesting is an appropriate requirement.

At the end of the day, a developer writing an application so limited in scope
that they only designed it for one input modality isn't going to be swayed by
this section. Imelda should just switch to a better vendor (of which there are
many).

Note also that making the sample limited applications you describe accessible
is much easier than making it support the entire suite of HTML APIs and
interaction features. What you are suggesting would require that the
application that displays a static Web-based slide also support interactive
HTML form controls, which sounds like it would be way out of the scope of what
such an application should be doing.

Just because you're not a full Web browser doesn't mean you shouldn't be
accessible. Any commercial application on a general purpose computer should be
accessible to all users of that computer, that's got nothing to do with the
HTML spec and everything to do with simple ethics and common sense.

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