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Re: Lack of AT implementors participation (was Comments on IRC log)

From: Jason White <jason@jasonjgw.net>
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2007 10:59:10 +1000
To: public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <20070801005909.GA4426@jpc.local>

On Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 03:58:30PM -0700, T.V Raman wrote:
> The HTML support becomes much more important in UAs like Firefox
> 3 that are beginning to lean far more heavily on the DOM --
> rather than having screenreaders scrape an off-screen-model by
> watching  render calls.

Furthermore, since HTML 5 is intended to influence the evolution of the Web
over the coming decade, it is more important to support current and future
assistive technologies that will, and do, take advantage of HTML semantics,
either directly via the DOM or through increasingly rich accessibility APIs,
than to constrain the design by reference to the limitations of screen readers
which only examine the rendered presentation. Operating within such
constraints would serve only to perpetuate them by depriving more advanced AT
systems of the semantics with which to build superior user interfaces.
Received on Wednesday, 1 August 2007 00:59:19 UTC

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