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Re: Comments on Introduction of 17 June AU Guidelines

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 1999 22:27:46 -0400
Message-ID: <37704622.668CEEFE@w3.org>
To: Jutta Treviranus <jutta.treviranus@utoronto.ca>
Cc: w3c-wai-au@w3.org
Jutta Treviranus wrote:
> 
> Ian,
> 
> I agree with and like the rewording of the introduction and abstract with
> the exception of the proposed rewording of the paragraph on the benefits
> and role of automation:
> 
> <BLOCKQUOTE>
> >By automating some editing tasks, authoring tools
> >can produce content known to be accessible at the
> >same time they allow authors to concentrate
> >on higher level authoring issues. Automation does not
> >mean authors may ignore accessibility issues, but it
> >does mean that authors can leave mechanical tasks
> >up to the authoring tool.
> ></BLOCKQUOTE>
> 
> It still seems awkward and not to the point. The point we want to make is
> that we want to free up the energies and attention of the author to
> concentrate on accessible authoring practices that require human cognition
> and judgement by automating or semi-automating tasks that can be carried
> out by the machine.
> 
> Knowing our intention can you propose another revision?

How about this positive spin:

"By automating accessibility tasks that can be carried out 
by the computer, authoring tools allow authors to invest their 
time and energy in those accessibility practices that require human 
judgement and creativity."

- Ian
Received on Tuesday, 22 June 1999 22:26:58 UTC

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