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Re: [MathOnWeb] call for comments -- directions for 2018

From: Charles LaPierre <charlesl@benetech.org>
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:08:12 +0000
To: Peter Krautzberger <peter@krautzource.com>
CC: mathonweb <public-mathonwebpages@w3.org>
Message-ID: <0BF8F37E-5303-42F0-9948-F5CE504A5946@benetech.org>
Hello Peter and all,
Benetech and the DIAGRAM Center would like to see a focus around accessibility and obviously ARIA would be an ideal way to accomplish this.  There are three issues I see which we would need to address all of which would need to be done in order to have a viable solution that is actually used.

1. extensive new ARIA roles would need to be added
2. Browsers and AT would need to adopt these new ARIA attributes and portray that information to the user, and if used in a reading system in the case of EPUB those two would need to expose this to AT, although most reading systems have a browser engine for rendering of the EPUBs so just having the Browsers support this may be enough.
3. There would need to be a conversion from MathML and possibly LaTeX to this ARIA rich implementation so that content producers can easily create accessible math.

Given how long it takes to get anything into a W3C recommendation this obviously is a long term solution and a short term solution is needed as well, which the work the DIAGRAM MathInEPUB TaskForce is trying to develop.


Charles LaPierre
Technical Lead, DIAGRAM and Born Accessible
E-mail: charlesl@benetech.org<mailto:charlesl@benetech.org>
Twitter: @CLaPierreA11Y
Skype: charles_lapierre
Phone: 650-600-3301

On Jan 12, 2018, at 5:46 AM, Peter Krautzberger <peter@krautzource.com<mailto:peter@krautzource.com>> wrote:

Hi everyone,

While the last meeting didn't have any formal minutes, we still concluded with an action item: a call for comments to all members of the group (active or not).

It's fair to say that the CG had a slow start in 2016 but we've been doing better in 2017, finding possible directions (and discarding a few). To recap, we primarily focused on a) techniques and missing features in CSS layout that make equation rendering easy, b) techniques and missing features for using ARIA to convey mathematical and scientific meaning in equation rendering.

We'd like to get comments from you on three questions:

1. what topics would you like the group to focus on in 2018?
2. what directions do you want/hope/wish/expect to see take shape in 2018?
3. what organizational changes would you like to see?

While the CG's activities have naturally focused more on the interests of active members, this is the time for passive members to chime in. If you're subscribed to this list, we would appreciate it if you write a short message!

Best wishes to all for the new year!
Peter Krautzberger & Daniel Marques.
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