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International vs Multilingual / Device Independence Re: screen-reader versus self-voicing app (was: Re: Screen-reader behaviour)

From: Marghanita da Cruz <marghanita@ramin.com.au>
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2007 15:23:54 +1000
Message-ID: <46E6266A.9000408@ramin.com.au>
To: public-html@w3.org

Gregory J. Rosmaita wrote:
<snip>
> this is why this whole thread is a red herring in my opinion -- we cannot
> "break" what was done in the past to promote accessibility, useability, 
> internationalization and device independence, nor should we be bound to 
> putting old wine into new bottles -- where superior mechanisms are 
> available, they should be implemented, but those mechanisms implemented in 
> HTML 4.01 specifically for accessibility, device independence and internationalization MUST be supported as part of the "backwards compatibility" principle, hence my suggested verbiage for the design 
> principle document:
> 
>    "Browsers should retain residual markup designed for a specific 
>    purpose, such as accessibility. internationalization or device 
>    independence. Simply because new technologies and superior 
>    mechanisms have been identified, not all of them have been 
>    implemented. Moreover, disabled users are more likely to be 
>    users of "legacy technology" because it is the only technology 
>    that interacts correctly with third-party assistive technologies"
> 
> or words to that effect...
<snip>

Would it be possible to substitute multilingual for internationalization?

And HTML rather than Browsers/

Design Principle: HTML will include/support new and historical markup for 
specific purposes, such as support for Screen readers, dexterity assistance??, 
projectors/infrared/remote control devices, ... and alternate language/script 
(multilingual) support, while aiming to preserve Device Independence."

Marghanita
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