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RE: Fw: Proposal: Authoring tools

From: Yvette P. Hoitink <y.p.hoitink@heritas.nl>
Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2004 16:44:08 +0200
To: "'Jan Richards'" <jan.richards@utoronto.ca>, "'Roberto Scano - IWA/HWG'" <rscano@iwa-italy.org>, "'John M Slatin'" <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>
Cc: <w3c-wai-au@w3.org>
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Hello Jan,

I like your rewrite of my rewrite :-) I do think that the phrase
"facilitating conformance" may be a bit difficult to understand, because
both the words and the concepts are a bit difficult to grasp. My suggestion:

"As a result, authoring tools will play an important role in creating web
content that conforms to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. " 

This may loose some of the intended meaning, but if it's too difficult for
people to inderstand, that meaning will be lost to them anyway. 

Also, you missed the word "Content" in "Web Content Accessibility
Guidelines" in the second paragraph. 

I will ask John Slatin from our group to take a look at this combined
proposal. He's great at rewriting texts to make them easier to understand. 

Yvette Hoitink
Heritas, Enschede, the Neterlands
E-mail: y.p.hoitink@heritas.nl
WWW: http://www.heritas.nl

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jan Richards [mailto:jan.richards@utoronto.ca] 
> Sent: maandag 30 augustus 2004 16:30
> To: Roberto Scano - IWA/HWG
> Cc: w3c-wai-au@w3.org; Y.P. Hoitink
> Subject: Re: Fw: Proposal: Authoring tools
> 
> Hi Yvette,
> 
> I like your thinking. I've just made a couple of minor edits. 
> I have tried to edit in the loophole closing text from the 
> bottom of your message.:
> 
> Authoring tools
> 
> A large part of web content is created using authoring tools. 
> These tools often determine how the web content is 
> implemented, either by making authoring decisions directly or 
> by limiting the choices available to the author. As a result, 
> authoring tools will play an important role in facilitating 
> conformance of web content to the Web Content Accessibility 
> Guidelines. At the same time, we recommend that all authors 
> become familiar with the Guidelines because this will help in 
> creating accessible content and coverage of the Guidelines 
> may vary between tools.
> 
> Developers of authoring tools can help to make their tools 
> more aware of the Web Accessibility Guidelines by following 
> the #Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines#.
> 
> We encourage users and purchasers of authoring tools to 
> consider the conformance to the #Authoring Tool Accessibility 
> Guidelines# when selecting tools.
> 
> ---
> Cheers,
> Jan
> 
> 
> Roberto Scano - IWA/HWG wrote:
> 
> > I like Yvette's idea.
> > 
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Yvette P. Hoitink" <y.p.hoitink@heritas.nl>
> > To: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
> > Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2004 11:50 PM
> > Subject: Proposal: Authoring tools
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Hi list,
> > 
> > I took an action item to propose a simpler formulation for a new 
> > section about authoring tools. See 
> > http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/w3c-wai-gl/2004JulSep/0389.html 
> > for the original suggestion by the ATAG working group.
> > 
> > <proposal 1>
> > Authoring tools
> > 
> > A large part of web content is created using authoring tools. These 
> > tools often determine how the web content is implemented, by making 
> > authoring decisions directly or by presenting choices to 
> the author. 
> > We understand that the level of accessibility of the web content 
> > produced by authoring tools will depend on the support of the 
> > accessibility guidelines by these tools, even though we 
> recommend that 
> > all authors become familiar with the Web Content Accessibility 
> > Guidelines.
> > 
> > Developers of authoring tools can help to make their tools 
> more aware 
> > of the Web Accessibility Guidelines by following the 
> #Authoring Tool 
> > Accessibility Guidelines#. We encourage users and purchasers of 
> > authoring tools to consider the conformance to the #Authoring Tool 
> > Accessibility Guidelines# when selecting tools.
> > </proposal 1>
> > 
> > The texts between ## would be links to the ATAG.
> > 
> > Basically, I re-wrote some sentences to make them shorter 
> and easier 
> > to understand, in some cases using active voice instead of 
> passive. I 
> > have tried not to change the meaning or intentions of the 
> original text.
> > 
> > I used "the way the web content is implemented" instead of 
> "nature of 
> > the web content" because I think AT do NOT affect the nature of the 
> > content (e.g. a genealogical website versus a gallery website) but 
> > only the implementation of the content.
> > 
> > I deleted the part about the implementation techniques for 
> ATAG being 
> > available, because I think that would be confusing to many of our 
> > audience and I think AT developers (a secondary audience of our 
> > guidelines) will have no problems finding the information 
> by following 
> > the ATAG link.
> > 
> > A problem I see both with the original proposal and in mine 
> is that it 
> > sounds like we're saying "we recommend that you become 
> familiar with 
> > WCAG but we understand it if your content doesn't comply if 
> you use a 
> > non-ATAG AT". That sounds like a large loophole/excuse for people. 
> > Perhaps we should instead say something like
> > 
> > "We understand that the level of accessibility of the web content 
> > produced by authoring tools will depend on the support of the 
> > accessibility guidelines by these tools. We recommend that 
> all authors 
> > become familiar with the Web Content Accessibility 
> Guidelines because 
> > this will help in creating accessible content and some of the 
> > guidelines may not be covered by the authoring tool."
> > 
> > Yvette Hoitink
> > Heritas, Enschede, the Netherlands
> > E-mail: y.p.hoitink@heritas.nl
> > WWW: http://www.heritas.nl
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> 
> --
> Jan Richards, M.Sc.
> User Interface Design Specialist
> Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC), University of Toronto
> 
>    Email: jan.richards@utoronto.ca
>    Web:   http://jan.atrc.utoronto.ca
>    Phone: 416-946-7060
>    Fax:   416-971-2896
> 
> 
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