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A technique: Integrating services like Bobby into your browser

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 13:44:07 -0500 (EST)
To: WAI AU Guidelines <w3c-wai-au@w3.org>
cc: Rob Cumming <nugget@sausage.com.au>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.04.9901211339360.12195-100000@tux.w3.org>
This would need to be clothed in mre general terms, but is a technique
that could be helpful for some tools. (Insert Charles' standard Booby
caveat here - email for details)

Charles McCathieNevile

>From: Brian Kelly <lisbk@ukoln.ac.uk>
>To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 16:35:40 -0000
>Subject: Integrating services like Bobby into your browser

>One of the problems with using accessibility services such as Bobby (or
>similar web-based HTML validators) is the hassle of having to enter Bobby's
>URL, or go to your bookmark, having first copied the page you want to check,
>and then paste it into the URL box.
>Something we've been looking at recently is integrating web-based services
>more closely with web browsers.  This can be done in Netscape by dragging
>links to Netscape's personal tool bar.  Rather than just add a static link,
>you can add a link to the underlying CGI script, and tell the script to
>process the current document.  So that when you're viewing a page, you can
>click on the link in the toolbar and a new window will be created with the
>output from the Bobby analysis.
>Examples are given at the URL:
>There are a number of issues to be considered for this type of interface.
>The main one is probably change control, if the underlying CGI program
>changes.  Also there needs to be comprehensive documentation on the
>allowable options.
>I'd be interested in comments on this suggestion.
>Would it be useful for CAST to host a page from which the links could be
>Brian Kelly
>PS This example works for Netscape.  I'm not sure if something similar can
>be done for Internet Explorer.
>Brian Kelly, UK Web Focus
>UKOLN, University of Bath, BATH, England, BA2 7AY
>Email:  b.kelly@ukoln.ac.uk     URL:    http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/
>Homepage: http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/ukoln/staff/b.kelly.html
>Phone:  01225 323943            FAX:   01225 826838
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