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Re: Guideline 2.1 proposals

From: <Bruce_Roberts/CAM/Lotus@lotus.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 1999 14:48:09 -0400
To: w3c-wai-au@w3.org
Message-ID: <85256784.0067A0BB.00@mta2.lotus.com>
     I'm still uncomfortable with having multiple tool accessibility
checkpoints.  I'm O.K. (marginally) with the checkpoint for following the
operating system standards with a large list of techniques behind it.  Beyond
that, I would like to be convinced that this group has the correct expertise and
can spend the appropriate time to define other UI accessiblity requirements.  I
know I don't have that expertise or the time.  Can other folks speak to this?

-- Bruce

Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>@w3.org on 06/01/99 06:53:47 PM

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Subject:  Guideline 2.1 proposals

The current checkpoints:

2.1.1 Use operating system and accessibility standards and conventions for
the platform(s) the tool runs on. [P1]

2.1.2 Ensure that user agent functionality offered by the tool (e.g., in a
preview mode) conforms to the W3C's User Agent Accessibility Guidelines[1].

2.1.3 Ensure the rendering used while authoring is independent of styles used
for the published document (e.g., the font size, letter and line spacing, and
text and background color, etc.). [P1]

2.1.4 Allow the author to display a textual equivalent of content while
editing. [P1]

2.1.5 For each element of a document, the properties of that element must be
accessible to the author. [P1]

2.1.6 Enable navigation and editing via the structure of the document. [P1]

2.1.7 Enable editing of the structure of the document. [P2]

I propose we:

remove 2.1.2 (redundant with 2.1.1), 2.1.3 (belongs in 2.6 perhaps? it's
about providing multiple views - the rest is in 2.1.5) and 2.1.4 (as noted in
previous email). I suggest we add a checkpoint - "make the tool accessible"
(with the techniques I suggested earlier), and add reading and editing to
2.1.5. Along with some slight edits, this is the new checkpoints I am

2.1.1. Make the tool accessible [P1]

2.1.2. Follow operating system conventions and guidelines [P1]

2.1.3. Allow the author to read and edit all properties of every element of
the document [P1]

2.1.4. Enable navigation and editing via the structure of the document P2]

2.1.5. Enable editing of the structure of the document [P2]

In addition, we remove 2.4.1 (redundant with the new 2.1.3) and we have a new
checkpoint in section 2.6:

Provide multiple views for editing [P3]
(this has been there before. It is a helpful thing to do, but I don't think
it rates a higher priority than that)

Charles McCN
Received on Wednesday, 2 June 1999 14:43:30 UTC

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