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Re: AU techs / ATAG errata

From: Jan Richards <jan.richards@utoronto.ca>
Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2001 16:30:56 -0500
Message-ID: <3C0FE390.3CC4B294@utoronto.ca>
To: WAI AU Guidelines <w3c-wai-au@w3.org>
Or could we state in an change 3.4 in an errata so that we specify the
only allowable generated text is "place holder text generated by
[authoring tool name]" and this must be replaced by human authored text
by the end of the document editing session?


Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> 
> Looking at ATAG checkpoint 3.4 (don't create placeholder text
> alternatives) and technique T0176 in particular
> http://www.w3.org/WAI/AU/WD-ATAG10-TECHS-20011124/imp3 there is a clear
> conflict with checkpoint 2.2 (create valid markup) as it relates to 2.1 (use
> up to date W3C specifications) since those specifications often require a
> text alternative to be present.
> 
> In order to resolve this there are 3 possibilities:
> 
> 1. We really require that the tool meet both checkpoints simultaneously,
> relying on checkpoints 3.1, 4.1 and 4.2 (checking and getting text
> equivalents...) to keep asking until there is content provided. This meets
> the goal IF people don't just fill in dummy text, but I don't think that it
> is what the group intended.
> 
> 2. We state in errata that 2.2 overrides 3.4 and that the checkpoint can be
> ignored in order to meet 2.2. I don't think this is what we intended either -
> it would lead to the addition of dummy text just to provide validity, and
> there is a real need not to do so. If we do go this way we should delete
> technique T0176
> 
> 3. We state in errata that 2.2 may be violated with respect to provision of
> textual alternatives, in order to meet the requirements of 3.4. We should
> point to that erratum in technique T0176 in that case.
> 
> I think that this is a clarification, although we should note that we will
> need to deal with the issue a bit more carefully for wombat...
> 
> cheers
> 
> Charles
> 
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-- 
Cheers,
Jan

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Jan Richards
UI Design Specialist
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC)
University of Toronto

jan.richards@utoronto.ca
Phone: (416) 946-7060
Fax: (416) 971-2896

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