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Re: Wombat Subtext 5.1, 5.2

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2001 17:58:28 -0400 (EDT)
To: Jan Richards <jan.richards@utoronto.ca>
cc: "w3c-wai-au@w3.org" <w3c-wai-au@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0106071757040.29851-100000@tux.w3.org>
Hi all,

I think that the first one is too long, but I am not sure how to shorten it.
For the second one, I think that the minimum requirement is onyl that it is
as easy toget to the accessible techniques for doing things, not more so.
Otherwise, I like these and propose that we incorporate them.


On Thu, 7 Jun 2001, Jan Richards wrote:

  Hello all,

  Here are some ideas for subtext:

  5.1 Ensure that all functionality (prompts, checkers, information icons,
  etc.) related to accessible authoring practices is naturally integrated
  into the overall look and feel of the tool. [Priority 2]

  This checkpoint requires developers to integrate accessibility-related
  functionality as seamlessly as possible. At minimum, the accessibility
  features should not stand in contrast to the normal operation of the
  tool. Accessibility features should operate with approximately the same
  number of mouse clicks or keystrokes, the same amount of reading, and
  the same degree of flexibility as the other features of the product. For
  example, if the tool includes a floating element properties toolbar that
  is always visible, the accessibility-related prompts should be added to
  this toolbar, rather than implemented as intrusive pop-up boxes. More
  advanced implementations might see more complex accessibility-related
  features, such as checking, integrated to the same level as analogous
  feature that are not related to accessibility. For example, if
  underlining or color changes are used to notify the author, while they
  work, of syntax and spelling errors, accessibility problems should be
  similarly flagged.

  5.2 Ensure that accessible authoring practices supporting Web Content
  Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 [WCAG10] Priority 1 checkpoints are among
  the most obvious and easily initiated by the author. [Priority 2]

  This checkpoint requires authoring tools to have user interfaces that
  increase the probability that authors will use accessible authoring
  practices, even when less accessible alternatives are provided by the
  tool for reasons of completeness. At minimum, when there is an
  accessible and a less accessible means for performing an action, the
  user interface of the tool should be organized so that the accessible
  means is more visible in the user interface and easier to activate in
  terms of mouse clicks and keystrokes than the less accessible means.
  More advanced solutions might purposefully impede the visibility and use
  of the less accessible means.

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