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Re: Please review Note on SMIL accessibility features

From: Robert Neff <robneff@home.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 1999 21:53:06 -0700
Message-ID: <005401bedefe$68abc6a0$64520518@alex1.va.home.com>
To: "Ian Jacobs" <ij@w3.org>
Cc: <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>, "Judy Brewer" <jbrewer@w3.org>, "Geoff Freed" <Geoff_Freed@wgbh.org>, "Madeleine Rothberg" <Madeleine_Rothberg@wgbh.org>, <marja@w3.org>, <ij@w3.org>
Items 1 and 3 are somewhat inter-linked.  The question is how much clarity
is needed?  I tend to be a vrey visually oriented person and use the text to
define the process and the visual to aid in understanding.

I think screen shots would help you along to support the series if a car
changing positions or moving faster while some one talks.

I do not think this would dilute the process, but would help clarify the
points by using screen shots.

----- Original Message -----
From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
To: Robert Neff <robneff@home.com>
Cc: <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>; Judy Brewer <jbrewer@w3.org>; Geoff Freed
<Geoff_Freed@wgbh.org>; Madeleine Rothberg <Madeleine_Rothberg@wgbh.org>;
<marja@w3.org>; <ij@w3.org>
Sent: Wednesday, August 04, 1999 6:51 AM
Subject: Re: Please review Note on SMIL accessibility features

> Robert Neff wrote:
> >
> > here are some comments and just got back form vacation land....
> >
> > 1.  i would like to see pictorial or GIF examples alongside the code.
> While I agree that images or illustrations may help explain some
> features, will static images convey the dynamic issues we are
> discussing? Can you say a word about what you would like to see
> in images?
> > 2.  would like to see a simpler explanation.  Many people are going to
> > drawn to this because SMIL is starting to get HOT!  would a executive
> > summary or purpose be appropriate to tell people in one section "why
> > need this and what it can do for them"
> While an "executive summary" would be useful, that is not the
> role of this particular piece. This one is meant for developers
> (to understand what features to implement) and authors
> who are not necessarily using authoring tools to produce SMIL.
> > 3. I would like to see a pictoral and word flowchart that describe how
> > file are used and their components.  For example, what are the required
> > files and what is the directory structure.  Not sure what can be done
> > without aligning the content with a company (does the file structure
> > form vendor to vender?).  Geoff, one of the biggest problems I had when
> > used it here was trying to make sense of the different files and where
> > needed to be placed)
> I don't believe that this is an accessibility issue. This would
> be appropriate for a general SMIL tutorial or FAQ and I'm sure
> that a tutorial would help all audiences. However, including
> this level of detail in this Note might dilute the accessibility
> points we hope to communicate.
> > 4.  If i want to make a presentation with the video description, how is
> > to be added...on another track.
> Marja and I will discuss this.
> > 5.  I have more notes that i made on the airplane, but need to unpack to
> > find them...
> I suggest looking near the shaving kit. <wink>
> > 6.   In the sentence, "Dynamic multimedia presentations differ from less
> > dynamic pages in some important ways that affect their accessibility to
> > people with disabilities:"  reword to "Dynamic multimedia presentations
> > affect accessibility"  not sure what "differ from less dynamic pages in
> > important ways" adds to this?  Less dynamic pages are not explained
> > and i found myself caught up in this...
> The goal of the sentence was to juxtapose static pages (a la HTML)
> from
> more dynamic pages (a la SMIL). However, in editing, we lost the
> context that justified this transition. We'll clean it up.
> > 7.  need visual examples of discrete and stream..  can we give examples
> > how SMIL can be used?
> It would be nice to link to a demo to show what we mean. Does
> anyone have a demo handy that we can put on the W3C Web site?
> > 8.  file extensions RM and RTX are used without explanation.  are there
> > extensions?  See item 3
> Ok, we'll clarify.
> Thank you for the comments Robert,
>  _ Ian
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