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Re: Audience Based Validator User Interface (ISSUE-206)

From: Michael[tm] Smith <mike@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2012 00:03:07 +0900
To: Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>
Cc: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>, "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>, HTML Accessibility Task Force <public-html-a11y@w3.org>, Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20120807150306.GO67292@sideshowbarker>
Laura Carlson <laura.lee.carlson@gmail.com>, 2012-08-04 14:55 -0500:

> [...]
> So let's brainstorm here. From the start can we address both groups
> and their tasks as equally as possible while fulfilling end-user
> requirements? How about the possibility of the vaildator having two
> separate yet side-by-side options based on the audience?  A simple
> user interface mockup is at:
> http://www.d.umn.edu/~lcarlson/research/206/byaudience.html
> The idea would be to have an audience section at the beginning of the
> page. If the "Generator Developers" radio button is selected the new
> attribute would kick in and allow the page to pass validation. And if
> the "Authors" radio button is selected it wouldn't. Check out the
> mockup and and let me know what you think.

This is an interesting idea but I think it does not address the scenario
Henri has outlined. That scenario does not involve the generator developers
using the validator directly themselves. Instead the users of their tools
check the generated content using the validator, and find that it's not
valid because of missing alt attributes. And then the possibly complain
about that somewhere as a deficiency in that generator, or do something
else that causes the generator behavior to work around the problem by
having their generator just output alt="" or alt="image" or something for
images that should have meaningful alt text.


Michael[tm] Smith http://people.w3.org/mike
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