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Re: addressing the shortcomings of existing tools in abstract (was Re: minor edits)

From: Jutta Treviranus <jutta.treviranus@utoronto.ca>
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 1999 09:28:24 -0500
Message-Id: <v04011701b47ea73b9123@[142.150.64.191]>
To: "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <unagi69@concentric.net>
Cc: w3c-wai-au@w3.org
Gregory, I like your rewrite. Should it go at the end of that paragraph and
if so should we trim some of the verbiage from the other sentences.

Jutta

>aloha, again!
>
>i forgot to insert the URI for the second reference in my previous post -- it
>is:
>http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-au/1999OctDec/0301.html
>
>gregory.
>
>At 06:35 PM 12/15/99 -0500, i wrote:
>>aloha, jutta!
>>
>>in the abstract of the 10 december 1999 draft of ATAG [reference 1], the
>second
>>paragraph begins thus:
>>
>>quote
>>There are tools (such as text editors) that allow motivated users to create
>>accessible Web content, or are accessible themselves to users with certain
>>disabilities, but that may not conform to this specification. The purpose of
>>this specification is to address the needs of the largest population
>>possible,
>>so that there is more accessible content on the Web.
>>unquote
>>
>>which you, in a recent post to the AU list [reference 2], suggested be
>>changed
>>to:
>>
>>quote
>>It should be noted that there are tools (such as text editors) that allow
>>motivated authors to create accessible Web content, and there are tools that
>>are accessible to users with certain disabilities, however, these tools may
>not
>>conform to this specification. This specification addresses the needs of the
>>largest population possible.
>>unquote
>>
>>i think it would be clearer if the sentences were shorter:
>>
>>quote
>>It should be noted that there are tools, such as text editors, that already
>>allow highly motivated authors to create accessible Web content by hand.
>>There
>>are also tools whose interface is accessible to users with certain
>>disabilities, but which limit or preclude the author's ability to produce
>>accessible content.  It is, therefore, the purpose of this specification to
>>address the needs of the largest population possible, by addressing both the
>>accessibility of the output created by the tool and the accessibility of the
>>tool itself.
>>unquote
>>
>>i'm not too pleased with the reuse of the word "address" in the last
>>sentence,
>>but i (at least) believe that this is the thought we are attempting to
>express:
>>
>>a) that there are tools which do allow the highly motivated user with
>>fore-knowledge of
>>
>>1. the accessibility problems posed by certain authoring practices;
>>2. the accessibility enhancements built into specific markup languages; and
>>3. the syntax of the markup languages which he or she intends to use;
>>
>>to create accessible content by hand, and
>>
>>b) that there are tools whose interface is accessible to authors with certain
>>disabilities, but which output invalid and/or inaccessible markup
>>
>>and that the guidelines and checkpoints which follow are designed to bridge
>>this gap, in order to facilitate the creation of accessible content by the
>>widest possible pool of users -- especially those without such fore-knowledge
>>and/or those who themselves have a disability...
>>
>>gregory
>>
>>References
>>1. http://www.w3.org/WAI/AU/PR-WAI-AUTOOLS-19991210
>>2.
>>--------------------------------------------------------
>>He that lives on Hope, dies farting
>>     -- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1763
>>--------------------------------------------------------
>>Gregory J. Rosmaita <unagi69@concentric.net>
>>   WebMaster and Minister of Propaganda, VICUG NYC
>>        <http://www.hicom.net/~oedipus/vicug/index.html>
>>--------------------------------------------------------
>>
>
>--------------------------------------------------------
>He that lives on Hope, dies farting
>     -- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1763
>--------------------------------------------------------
>Gregory J. Rosmaita <unagi69@concentric.net>
>   WebMaster and Minister of Propaganda, VICUG NYC
>        <http://www.hicom.net/~oedipus/vicug/index.html>
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