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

From: T.V Raman <raman@google.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2007 16:50:17 -0700
Message-ID: <18097.7225.955386.83814@retriever.corp.google.com>
To: jason@jasonjgw.net
Cc: public-html@w3.org

Well said, but to achieve that the so called "accessibility
community" will need to dig itself out of its self-dug hole where
accessibility is defined to be how things work with a
screenreader. If coding for a given browser is evil, coding for a
browser/screenreader combination is doubly so.

Jason White writes:
 > 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.

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