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RE: Iterative improvements?

From: David MacDonald <david100@sympatico.ca>
Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2012 11:43:17 -0400
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To: 'Loïc Martínez Normand' <loicmn@gmail.com>, "'Hoffman, Allen'" <Allen.Hoffman@hq.dhs.gov>
CC: "'Michael Pluke'" <Mike.Pluke@castle-consult.com>, <public-wcag2ict-tf@w3.org>
The proposed amendment is ok with me.

 

Cheers

David MacDonald

 

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From: Loïc Martínez Normand [mailto:loicmn@gmail.com] 
Sent: September-24-12 10:56 AM
To: Hoffman, Allen
Cc: Michael Pluke; public-wcag2ict-tf@w3.org
Subject: Re: Iterative improvements?

 

Hi,

 

I can accept the proposed change. It is a fact that all digital (electronic)
content requires some software for rendering. 

 

It was only in the "analog age" when we could have hardware-only players
(vinyl discs, VHS...).

 

Loïc

El lunes, 24 de septiembre de 2012, Hoffman, Allen escribió:

After re-reading this, e.g. “labels on ICT”, I agree that restricting to
software seems sensible.

 

 

From: Michael Pluke [mailto:Mike.Pluke@castle-consult.com
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Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2012 8:13 PM
To: public-wcag2ict-tf@w3.org
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Subject: Iterative improvements?

 

During that last WCAG2ICT call we agreed (re-confirmed) a definition of
content as: 

 

“Information and sensory experience to be communicated to the user by means
of ICT, including any structure, presentation, and interaction.  (plus
notes)”

 

This definition with “by means of ICT” originated from the M376 draft
standard.

 

I now realise that this definition does not differentiate between content
communicated by hardware (e.g. labels on physical controls) and non-embedded
content (e.g. electronic documents) and software. As hardware is out of
scope of WCAG2ICT this is not a major problem – but hardware is within the
scope of M376 and Section 508.

 

I propose that we in WCAG2ICT use the replacement text:

 

“Information and sensory experience to be communicated to the user by means
of software, including any structure, presentation, and interaction.  (plus
notes)”

 

This should work for all content, embedded or not. Embedded content is, by
definition, in software and must therefore be communicated by means of
software. Non-embedded software needs a user agent to do the communicating
to users. But WCAG clearly states that a user agent is software (did we
really think it was something else!), so I think that substituting
“software” for “ICT” works for all electronic content and avoids any
confusion with content communicated by hardware.

 

Hopefully this small but important change is non-controversial. Do we need
to survey?

 

Best regards

 

Mike

 
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